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Images Reportedly Show Expansion of NK Missile Base

08 December 2018
Images Reportedly Show Expansion of NK Missile Base

China fought on North Korea's behalf during the Korean War, and while ties have grown frosty at times, Xi hosted Kim for three summits in China this year, both before and after Kim's meeting with Trump.

The trip -set to start on December 18- comes after the two leaders held high-level talks in recent months to find a permanent end to the decades-long conflict between North and South Korea.

The missile base activity and construction shown by the satellite imagery over Yeongjeo-dong occurred after Mr. Kim agreed during a major summit with President Trump in Singapore in June to abandon North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

"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.

The North officially suspended its nuclear and missile tests ahead of the June summit, and missile production and deployment does not technically violate any agreement between Pyongyang and the US and South Korea.

"They have not lived up to the commitments so far", Bolton said.

"North Korea and the USA appear to be making headway", a high-ranking South Korean government source told the Hankyoreh paper.

"Absent mechanisms for the on-the-ground verification by inspectors, we can not confirm that North Korea has taken any other denuclearization steps at this time", he said.

Last year, the US led a series of U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions punishing the North for its tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

That missile was considered by some experts to be capable of reaching any part of the continental United States, although North Korea is not yet believed to have the ability to deliver nuclear warheads on such missiles.

"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.

Kim pretends to disarm and Trump pretends to believe him.

Bolton's comments Tuesday underscored the lack of progress the USA has made in moving North Korea closer to the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization Washington is seeking, and the concessions it has been making to Pyongyang, even as Trump has stressed the warmth of his relationship with Kim. "In front of the pair of drive throughs, there is a concrete pad that was also covered in dirt", according to the analysis by Lewis and Schmerler.