New satellite images have revealed that North Korea has significantly expanded a key long-range missile base located in a remote mountainous area, despite ongoing talks this year with the United States over the country's nuclear disarmament.
The site's location makes it a strong candidate to receive North Korea's newest long-range missiles, including those that can carry nuclear weapons, according to Lewis and colleague David Schmerler, CNN reported.
The photographs, commissioned by the American television news broadcaster CNN, show continued activity at Yeongjeo-dong long-range missile base and the establishment of a new facility seven miles away.More news: Trudeau says he had advance notice of Huawei executive's arrest
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands during the signing of a document after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, June 12, 2018.
"North Korea appears to have begun to expand the base significantly, starting with the construction of a new headquarters area in 2014", the report stated. "Beijing thinks the summit has [provided momentum] to reverse the deterioration of its relations with Washington, so Beijing is willing to do more to consolidate the results", he said.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold talks in Washington on Thursday to discuss North Korea's denuclearization among other issues, it was announced here.More news: SpaceX's Falcon rocket ditches in water after sending cargo to ISS
"Whatever Kim says about his desire for denuclearization, North Korea continues to produce and deploy nuclear armed missiles", he told CNN. "Meeting Kim again only validates Kim's strategy of using Trump to play for time and sanctions relief, and keep North Korea on the pathway to becoming a de facto nuclear weapon state", Medeiros told The New York Times. "Any denuclearization agreement would require North Korea to allow worldwide inspectors to determine that these units are no longer armed with nuclear weapons", according to the report from Lewis and Schmerler.
One such facility is the missile base near Yeongjeo-dong, a site that has long concerned US and South Korean officials and the subject of the analysis of the new images released Wednesday. Additional tunnels were also found, as seen in satellite pictures, including a pair of large drive-through shelters capable of holding large ballistic missiles.More news: 76ers G Out Indefinitely With Thoracic Irritation