Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Satellite images show expansion, activity at two North Korean missile bases

Satellite images show expansion, activity at two North Korean missile bases

"Any denuclearization agreement would require North Korea to allow global inspectors to determine that these units are no longer armed with nuclear weapons", according to the report from Lewis and Schmerler.

Despite that site being known to the US intelligence community, images show in the past year, North Korea has significantly expanded to a nearby base.

Researchers at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, who analyzed the satellite imagery, said this is the first time the Hoejung-ri site has been publicly identified, describing the work being done there as "significant".

John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, said Tuesday the president wants to hold a second meeting with Kim because North Korea has not lived up to the commitments it made last summer.

As some South Korean civic groups have begun to prepare to "welcome" Kim Jong Un to Seoul, high-profile defector Thae Yong-ho is weighing in on the summit, Yonhap reported Wednesday.

Trump said on Saturday that he hoped to organize a second summit with Kim in early 2019. Experts believe the sudden addition of Beijing to his itinerary has been prompted by the Xi-Trump meeting.

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Ri's visit also reveals North Korea's hedging strategy, to offset the risk of possible failure of its denuclearisation negotiations with Washington, according to pundits.

Trump and other administration officials have said sanctions against North Korea should remain in place until a deal is finalized.

US officials did not immediately comment on the open-source findings by researchers.

"We're certainly in a better place than we were in 2017 because of the dialogue we've established between our two leaders, the president and Kim Jong Un", CIA Director Gina Haspel told an audience at the University of Louisville this past September, but noted getting a deal done would be a hard sell. "Beijing thinks the summit has [provided momentum] to reverse the deterioration of its relations with Washington, so Beijing is willing to do more to consolidate the results", he said.

"I put commitment in parentheses", he told an intelligence and security conference this past September.

"It is one of North Korea's major facilities that the military has tracked and monitored in coordination with the USA forces", said Joint Chiefs of Staff's spokesperson Col. Roh Jae-chun.

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