Satellite images show activity at North Korean missile base

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2018

"Whatever Kim says about his desire for denuclearization, North Korea continues to produce and deploy nuclear armed missiles".

While the base at Yeongjeo-dong has always been known to United States intelligence agencies and analysts, researchers at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey told CNN that the images reveal construction on a new facility just seven miles away from the older site that had not been previously publicly identified. The second site appears to be a new facility, although experts that CNN talked to from the Middlebury Institute speculated that the new site may be part of the Yeongjeo-dong base.

North Korea has expanded a key long-range missile base in the months since a summit between the country's leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, according to satellite images published by CNN on Wednesday, December 5.

The new satellite images suggest that North Korea has expanded an unidentified long-range missile base along the "mountainous interior of the country", according to CNN's Zachary Cohen. His administration has also repeatedly claimed progress in talks with North Korea, citing the lack of nuclear and ballistic missile tests since the country launched its Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile in November of previous year.


President Trump, who met with Kim during a summit in Singapore in June, supports Kim traveling to South Korea and thinks it could pave the way for another summit after the first of the year. "They have not lived up to the commitments so far", he told The Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Council conference.

In his meeting with Trump, Kim made a vague pledge to "work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" in return for "new" relations and security guarantees from Washington.

But despite the meetings and ongoing talks, many in Washington remain skeptical of the North Korea's seriousness.

Hwang Pyong So, one of Kim Jong Un's top aides, was not present at the funeral, but a South Korean government official who spoke to South Korean paper Segye Ilbo said his absence does not hold "major significance".


North Korea insists on taking steps toward denuclearization only if Washington takes "simultaneous" reciprocal actions, such as easing sanctions.

USA officials insist on the complete, verified and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula before tough sanctions are lifted.

"This is one of the important locations in North Korea our military is monitoring in cooperation with the United States", Roh Jae-cheon, a South Korean military spokesman, said Thursday about the North Korean base.

Last month, Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News that the United States will not require North Korea to provide a full list of its nuclear and missile sites before Trump meets again with Kim. "Around 2010, North Korea constructed a pair of large drive-through suitable for large ballistic missiles". "The layout of the new buildings bears a significant resemblance to the older headquarters area at Yeongjeo-dong".


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