Imagery shows North Korean ballistic missile base expansion

Imagery shows North Korean ballistic missile base expansion

Imagery shows North Korean ballistic missile base expansion

President Trump met with Kim Jong Un during the historic Singapore Summit last June; pressing the communist leader to officially and permanently abandon his nuclear and missile weapons programs.

Satellite images viewed by CNN showed that the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby, previously unreported site were not only active but were being upgraded.

In a report published last month, a Washington-based research institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said it had located more than a dozen North Korean missile bases still in operation.

Lewis and Schmerler said they were still not sure whether Yeongjeo-dong and the new facility under construction in nearby Hoejung-ni, both in the mountainous area near North Korea's central border with China, were separate bases or parts of a larger single operation.

Choe also said Kim Jong Un expressed "heartbreak" upon the death of Kim Chol Man, and that the North Korean leader gave orders to build a bust of the deceased official. "We will not discuss matters of intelligence", Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Chris Logan told CNN.

Since the Singapore meeting, talks between North Korea and the United States have stalled over how to eradicate the North's nuclear weapons program.

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

On Tuesday, national security adviser John Bolton stressed that President Donald Trump thinks holding a second summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at the start of 2019 would help get Kim back on track.

While closing test facilities would make it harder for North Korea to develop new types of warheads, that step would do little to prevent Kim from continuing to mass produce and deploy existing types of nuclear-armed missiles, as he publicly said in January he would continue to do.

At the time, some experts said the United States could soon accept a North Korean request for jointly declaring the end of the 1950-53 Korean War as part of security assurances to the North.

Kang is on a visit to the US as the head of the South Korean delegation to attend the funeral of former US President George H.W. Bush, Yonhap news agency reported. "These shelters are similar to the ones seen at the older portion of the Yeongjeo-dong base".

"There are five entrances to underground tunnels that may be used to store missiles", the report states.

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