Satellite images show activity at North Korean missile base

Kim Jong-un led the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon last month

Kim Jong-un led the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon last month

New satellite images have revealed that North Korea has significantly expanded a key long-range missile base located in a remote mountainous area, despite ongoing talks this year with the USA over the country's nuclear disarmament.

The images not only reveal significant activity at the base, . but also the construction of a new, previously-unknown facility, . just eleven kilometers away from the Yeongjeo-dong base.

"Satellite images show that the base remains active. Moreover, in the past year North Korea has significantly expanded a nearby facility that appears to be another missile base", the report said, adding that it was not known if the bases were separate or if one was subordinate to the other.

China is the North's most important economic and political partner, but has signed on to United Nations economic sanctions aimed at pressuring leader Kim Jong Un to abandon his drive to develop nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles to deliver them. -North Korea summit, on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12.

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.

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The site's location makes it a strong candidate to receive North Korea's newest long-range missiles, including those that can carry nuclear weapons, according to Lewis and colleague David Schmerler, CNN reported.

But the North has rejected demands for what it calls "unilateral" disarmament, and has instead sought unspecified reciprocal USA measures in a gradual process.

Trump said on Saturday he hoped to hold a second meeting with Kim early next year and U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said the lack of progress with North Korea made a second summit necessary, likely to be held in January or February.

The State Department declined to comment to the news outlet.

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