Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Images Reportedly Show Expansion of NK Missile Base

Images Reportedly Show Expansion of NK Missile Base

Experts told the USA news network that the site's location made it suitable to host North Korea's newest long-range missiles, including ones that could carry nuclear warheads.

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.

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.

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

"That's why I think the president thinks that another summit is likely to be productive", added President Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Speaking at a conference organized by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, .

Despite the deadlock, Trump has said he and Kim are "getting along very well" and have a "good relationship".

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But their geographic locations make them ideal to "house long-range missiles", they said in a report they were preparing.

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.

"Those missiles are being deployed at bases throughout North Korea, many of which have always been known to outside analysts".

"The Trump Administration has publicly promised to secure access to North Korea military facilities as part of any agreement", the report states. North Korea is now seeking security guarantees from the US and relief from the global sanctions.

United States officials insist on the complete, verified and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula before tough sanctions are lifted. Despite summit talks on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, satellite footage showed that Pyongyang was continuing its missile program.

In October, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang to verify that the Punggye-ri nuclear test site had been "irreversibly dismantled". "The layout of the new buildings bears a significant resemblance to the older headquarters area at Yeongjeo-dong".

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