Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

North Korea holds funeral for anti-colonial veteran Kim Chol Man

North Korea holds funeral for anti-colonial veteran Kim Chol Man

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.

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.

Yeongjeo-dong has always been known to USA intelligence agencies but researchers at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey told CNN that the construction on a new facility, at Hoejung-ri, seven miles away, had not previously been publicly identified.

The images, obtained by CNN, indicate North Korea began building a large, underground facility in 2017 and that construction was still ongoing as of August of this year.

There have been five summit meetings between the leaders of the Koreas, three of them between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, but they all happened either in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, or the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom.

"Whatever Kim says about his desire for denuclearisation, North Korea continues to produce and deploy nuclear armed missiles". "We will not discuss matters of intelligence", Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Chris Logan told CNN.

"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.

However, Ri's visit follows hard on the heels of last week's US-China summit in Argentina, which included discussion of North Korea.

On Wednesday, the country's state-run Korean Central News Agency called for the complete suspension of South Korean-US military drills in order to build a permanent and strong peace regime.

President Donald Trump's foreign policy advisor John Bolton confirmed this week that Trump still plans to meet with Kim Jong Un, the New York Times reported.

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.

People lie, satellite images don't-hence why the US and South Korea are closely monitoring a new suspected missile site near North Korea's central border with China.

Bolton said the United States would press ahead with a second meeting shortly after the start of the new year - saying, "January, February" - in the hope of making further progress.

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.

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.

Many of these bases, including the Yeongjeo-dong facility, have been known to outside analysts. "Around 2010, North Korea constructed a pair of large drive-through suitable for large ballistic missiles".

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