Satellite images show activity at North Korean missile base

Lamar Ellis
December 7, 2018

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.

The exclusive footage, obtained by CNN, offers evidence that the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby, previously unreported, site remain active and have been continually upgraded, highlighting the continuing gulf between Pyongyang and Washington's views on denuclearisation.

New satellite imagery shows what appears to be improvements to the Yeongjeo-dong missile base, a facility located in North Korea's mountainous interior, as well as work on a new facility, Hoejung-ri, 11 kilometers (seven miles) away.

At a meeting on inter-Korea cooperation, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told South Korean lawmakers there have been "no specific discussions" with the North on a summit date, refuting reports the two sides have been in discussion.

U.S. president Donald Trump said after the summit that Chinese president Xi Jinping had agreed to work with him on North Korea, amplifying Pyongyang's concerns over the summit's implications for China's North Korea policy, including Chinese support for an easing of United Nations sanctions. "They have not lived up to the commitments so far", he told The Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Council conference.

An official at Seoul's presidential Blue House who spoke to JTBC on the condition of anonymity said the South needs an answer by the weekend in order to make plans for a summit, if it is to happen before the end of the year.

Wait.haven't we heard this before?

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The latest CNN analysis is in addition to these past reports.

"So what's that about, Kim Jong-Un no longer being a nuclear threat?"

Members of the Kim dynasty have promised that they would denuclearize and then backtracked on six separate occasions in 1985, 1992, 1994, 2005, 2007, and 2012.

The State Department declined to comment, saying it doesn't discuss intelligence matters.

Kim announced the dismantlement of a nuclear facility at another site in Nyongbyon at a summit with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in September.

National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Tuesday that Trump thinks the North Korean strongman hasn't met the commitments he made at the Singapore summit.

"Up through the valley there are a pair of hardened "drive-through" shelters that were covered with soil and had trees planted on them to disguise them". "Around 2010, North Korea constructed a pair of large drive-through suitable for large ballistic missiles".

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