North Korea expands key missile base
- What these show is clear evidence that North Korea
continues to build up their long range missile capabilities,
even as the two sides-- the US side and North Korea--
say that they are working towards getting
rid of nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula.
That was the pledge that they made it back in June.
Now, remember, these long range missiles
that we're talking about can carry nuclear warheads,
and they can hit the United States.
The images we're about to show you,
we obtained them from the Middlebury Institute.
Let's first start with this map here of North Korea.
This is the region that we're talking about--
the expanded base, the new facility right up here
in the mountainous region of northern North Korea, right up
against the border with China.
There's already a base there called
the Yongjo Dong missile base.
That has already been well-known to intelligence
agencies and analysts.
But then just seven miles from there is this new base,
is this new expansion that we're talking about.
And when you look at that closely,
when you zoom in on that satellite imagery,
you can see this construction activity.
And what you're looking at here is the headquarters
and barracks of this new base.
You can see the construction, the maintenance there.
This was taken on November 12, so just under a month ago.
Relatively new images.
Now, Brianna, in addition to that,
you also have these new administration buildings.
You've got a massive amount of tunneling
activity that has been carried out over the last few years.
You also have what are called hardened bunkers
that have been camouflaged.
Also, drive-through shelters, which analysts say
are large enough for those ballistic missiles,
similar to the ones that we saw at the older base.
Now, we should note that everything
we're showing you here is not a violation
of any agreement between North Korea and the US
or with South Korea.
But the Trump administration has insisted that the North's
ballistic missile program be eliminated
as part of a future deal.
North Korea so far has balked at that.
Talks are very much at a standstill right now.
The Trump administration is arguing
that North Korea is not living up to their end of the bargain.
And they argue that's why that second summit between the two
leaders is needed.