Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump Weighs 2nd North Korea Summit as Possible Missile Site Appears

Trump Weighs 2nd North Korea Summit as Possible Missile Site Appears

Trump on Sunday had said he planned to hold a second summit with Kim that could take place in January or February and three places were being considered for the meeting.

According to CNN, satellite footage shows the Yeongjeo-dong base is still active, and another base seven miles away is being upgraded.

Yeongjeo-dong has always been known to U.S. 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.

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.

The images indicate North Korea was building a large underground facility in 2017 and it was still under construction in August 2018.

"North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has cleared three days later this month to make a historic first visit to Seoul to discuss ridding the Korea peninsula of nuclear weapons", reports the New York Post.

"Construction on the previously unidentified site has continued even after the Singapore summit between Kim and Donald Trump in June", Jeffrey Lewis, a nonproliferation expert at the Middlebury Institute, said.

"Whatever Kim says about his desire for denuclearization, North Korea continues to produce and deploy nuclear armed missiles", he told CNN.

North Korea had announced the testing of an unspecified "newly developed ultramodern weapon" amid reports that it was continuing to develop its nuclear and missiles programs.

Experts told the USA news network that the site´s location made it suitable to host North Korea´s newest long-range missiles, including ones that could carry nuclear warheads.

The State Department declined to comment to the news outlet.

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