Recent satellite images obtained by CNN indicate Pyongyang has continued to maintain and update its Yeongjeo-ri missile base, in breach of its vow for complete denuclearisation.
Yeongjeo-dong has always been known to USA 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.
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. "Moreover, in the past year North Korea has significantly expanded a nearby facility that appears to be another missile base", the report states, noting that it is unclear whether the two bases are separate, or whether one is subordinate to other.
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.
USA officials did not immediately comment on the open-source findings by researchers.
"We watch North Korea very closely", Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Chris Logan told CNN. We continue to support the diplomatic process.
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.
The State Department declined to comment to the news outlet.
"Those missiles are being deployed at bases throughout North Korea, many of which have always been known to outside analysts", the report stated. "They have not lived up to the commitments so far", he told The Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Council conference.
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Bruce Bennett, a senior defence researcher at the Rand Corporation, said North Korea had not yet started denuclearisation, and the lifting of sanctions was not on the Trump administration's table at this stage.
Trump also has repeatedly expressed a fondness for the North Korean leader, both on Twitter and in private.
But despite the meetings and ongoing talks, many in Washington remain skeptical of the North Korea's seriousness. "North Korea has a big job to do".
His national security adviser, John Bolton, acknowledged the failure of the Singapore summit but said...
The site was one of what the U.S. media claimed as "undeclared" missile bases that demonstrate Washington's doubts over Pyongyang's willingness to completely abandon its nuclear and missile programs.
One such facility is the missile base near Yeongjeo-dong, a site that has long concerned US and South Korean officials and the subject of the analysis of the new images released Wednesday. That includes missiles capable of reaching not just California, but anywhere in the United States.
The base itself is strung along a narrow valley.
Researchers were able to locate five entrances to underground tunnels they said may be used to store missiles.