New Satellite Images Reveal North Korea Expanding Key Missile Base

Howard TerryDec 08, 2018

The images appear to show that Yeongjeo-dong missile base and another, previously undiscovered, nearby site remain active.

New satellite pictures obtained by 2 Investigates show continuous construction of a large underground facility that has been kept under wraps and located roughly seven miles away from the known Yeongjeo-dong site.

The report said that the site's unique location would be ideal for North Korea's newest long-range missiles, including those that can carry nuclear weapons that could strike the United States.

"Construction on the previously unidentified site has continued even after the Singapore Summit" between Kim and President Donald Trump in June, Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute, one of the analysts that identified the site, told CNN.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is preparing for his three-day trip to the South Korean capital later this month; making a historic visit to Seoul to discuss the complete denuclearization of the region. But Lewis and Schmerler said that in recent years North Korea had significantly expanded what appeared to be another missile base in Hoejung-ni.

"We watch North Korea very closely", Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Chris Logan told CNN.

However, ongoing activity at the sites feeds into USA criticisms that North Korea is now dragging its heels over the denuclearization process.

The State Department declined to comment, saying it doesn't discuss intelligence matters.

Satellite images have picked up activity at a North Korean missile base.

United States president Donald Trump said after the summit that Chinese president Xi Jinping had agreed to work with him on North Korea, amplifying Pyongyang's concerns over the summit's implications for China's North Korea policy, including Chinese support for an easing of United Nations sanctions.

Read the full report at the New York Post. On Saturday, he told reporters that his next meeting with Kim was likely to happen in January or February.

Some analysts say the activity is geared toward the continual development of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles that could reach the US mainland.

The Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday Ri was expected to meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and "exchange in-depth views" on bilateral relations; the situation on the Korean peninsula; and other issues of mutual concern.

Kim announced the dismantlement of a nuclear facility at another site in Nyongbyon at a summit with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in September.

The bases are believed to serve as shelters for mobile missile launchers, and would be able to store the country's newest long-range missiles, including those capable of carrying nuclear warheads. "Around 2010, North Korea constructed a pair of large drive-through suitable for large ballistic missiles".

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