"So what's that about, Kim Jong-Un no longer being a nuclear threat?"
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. The second site appears to be a new facility, although experts that CNN talked to from the Middlebury Institute speculated that the new site may be part of the Yeongjeo-dong base.
"Construction on the previously unidentified site has continued even after the Singapore Summit" between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, the United States president, in June, said the Institute's Jeffrey Lewis.
Last year, the USA led a series of U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions punishing the North for its tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
But National Security Adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that there should be another summit with Kim.
Kim sharply raised tensions with nuclear and missile tests last year, but suddenly reached out to South Korea and the United States this year with a vague nuclear disarmament pledge. "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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"North Korea appears to have begun to expand the base significantly, starting with the construction of a new headquarters area in 2014", the report stated.
"Those missiles are being deployed at bases throughout North Korea, many of which have always been known to outside analysts".
Following the recent G-20 meeting in Argentina, South Korean Moon Jae-in told reporters that Trump has "very favorable" views toward Kim and that he "likes him". North Korea is now seeking security guarantees from the USA and relief from the worldwide sanctions.
Last month, Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News that the USA will not require North Korea to provide a full list of its nuclear and missile sites before Trump meets again with Kim. Despite summit talks on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, satellite footage showed that Pyongyang was continuing its missile program. Additional tunnels were also found, as seen in satellite pictures, including a pair of large drive-through shelters capable of holding large ballistic missiles.