Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

In humiliation for Trump, satellite images show North Korea expanding missile base

GettyImages-971755516 Kim Jong Un clears schedule for historic visit to Seoul
Deanna Wagner | 06 December, 2018, 19:00

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.

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.

The revelation is yet another blow to President Donald Trump, who after first trying to face down North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and belittle him as a "Little Rocket Man" who would be met with "fire and fury", then sought to prove his dealmaking prowess by getting Kim to agree to denuclearization.

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.

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. "It never said it would", Vipin Narang, a politics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wrote on Twitter.

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It hasn't. And experts were warning Trump all along that it wouldn't, because Kim sees nuclear weapons as an essential tactic for his own survival.

U.S. officials have insisted North Korea must fully disarm and open itself to global inspectors before it will grant sanctions relief while North Korea's state media has called the stance a "hostile policy" and said the USA "is responding to good faith with evil".

Kim announced the dismantlement of a nuclear facility at another site in Nyongbyon at a summit with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in September. "They have not lived up to the commitments so far", he told The Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Council conference.

"That's why I think the president thinks that another summit is likely to be productive". "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.