North Korea has significantly expanded and upgraded its long-range missile sites, according to satellite images published by CNN, highlighting the lack of progress in negotiations with the USA in the months since Kim Jong-un met Donald Trump.
According to CNN, the imagery offers evidence the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby, previously unreported site remain active and have been continuously upgraded.
The photographs, commissioned by the American television news broadcaster CNN, show continued activity at Yeongjeo-dong long-range missile base and the establishment of a new facility seven miles away.
Kim's visit December 18 would come three months after South Korean President Moon Jae-in traveled to Pyongyang for a state visit and a day after the anniversary of Kim's father's death in 2011, Jeong Se-hyun, South Korea's former unification minister, said in a radio interview, according to The Telegraph.
North Korea is reportedly still upgrading one of its long-range missile bases. -North Korea summit, on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12.
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The top diplomats were expected to exchange views on an apparent stalemate in the dialogue with Pyongyang, the possibility of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's Seoul visit and his second summit with US President Donald Trump.
"It is one of North Korea's major facilities that the military has tracked and monitored in coordination with the United States forces", said Joint Chiefs of Staff's spokesperson Col. Roh Jae-chun.
He suggested the meeting could happen in January or February and that the USA could continue to enforce the economic sanctions it imposed on North Korea over its weapons program.
"That's why I think the president thinks that another summit is likely to be productive", added President Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton. "Meeting Kim again only validates Kim's strategy of using Trump to play for time and sanctions relief, and keep North Korea on the pathway to becoming a de facto nuclear weapon state", Medeiros told The New York Times.
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