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Report: Pictures show expansion on the rocket base of North Korea



New satellite images discovered by researchers appear to show activity on an unidentified long-range missile base in North Korea.

The images released Wednesday by CNN show the extension of an unidentified active long-range missile base near the previously identified Yeongjeo Dong base in North Korea's mountainous interior. Analysts say the images show that despite months of high-level talks and negotiations between North Korea, neighboring South Korea and the US, ongoing construction work has been undertaken to improve and expand both facilities.

The new images surfaced a month after American analysts found at least 1

3 out of an estimated 20 secret North Korean rocket sites and six months after North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's historic meeting with US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June. "Whatever Kim says about his desire for denuclearization, North Korea continues to produce and deploy nuclear-armed missiles," said Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, one of the analysts that identified the site, to CNN.

The results appear to undercut Kim's promise to reduce his country's nuclear capabilities, as announced recently at a summit in September with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in. At this meeting, the North Korean leader agreed to permanently dismantle a nuclear facility at another Nyongbyon site until the US takes reciprocal action. The announcement was praised by President Trump, who described the development in a tweet as "very exciting".

The US Department of State and the South Korean Department of Foreign Affairs declined to officially comment on the images, according to CNN. At an event in Washington on Tuesday, US security adviser John Bolton said Trump favored a second summit with Kim, as North Korea failed to meet the commitments made at its first meeting in June. However, this particular summit resulted in a vague agreement signed by both leaders to "work towards a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" rather than Kim's unconditional commitment to denuclearization @ time.com.


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