Images Reportedly Show Expansion of NK Missile Base

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"It is one of North Korea's major facilities that the military has tracked and monitored in coordination with the U.S. forces", said Joint Chiefs of Staff's spokesperson Col. Roh Jae-chun.

"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", the report stated.

On Tuesday, national security adviser John Bolton stressed that President Donald Trump thinks holding a second summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at the start of 2019 would help get Kim back on track.

Bolton said the United States would press ahead with a second meeting shortly after the start of the new year - saying, "January, February" - in the hope of making further progress.

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The two men met in Singapore in June and signed a vaguely worded document that pledged to "work toward" the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, though it did not detail specifics on how this would come about.

Trump also has repeatedly expressed a fondness for the North Korean leader, both on Twitter and in private.

While closing test facilities would make it harder for North Korea to develop new types of warheads, that step would do little to prevent Kim from continuing to mass produce and deploy existing types of nuclear-armed missiles, as he publicly said in January he would continue to do.

Ri's visit also reveals North Korea's hedging strategy, to offset the risk of possible failure of its denuclearisation negotiations with Washington, according to pundits. However, Xi did not attend celebrations of the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding in September in what was seen as an indication that Beijing expected further actions from Kim, including concrete progress toward denuclearisation. In November, the New York Times reported that North Korea was still working on its nuclear missile program at more than a dozen hidden bases, according the Sakkonmol Missile Operating Base, which is about 85 miles from the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea.

"There are five entrances to underground tunnels that may be used to store missiles", the report states.