US, South Korea to hold talks on North’s denuclearization

US, South Korea to hold talks on North’s denuclearization

US, South Korea to hold talks on North’s denuclearization

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.

Researchers at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey say the evidence of construction at a new facility 7 miles from the Yeongjeo-dong base has not been previously publicly identified, CNN reported.

North Korean efforts to upgrade and expand a long-range missile base come as no surprise to USA intelligence officials, who have always been wary of promises by Pyongyang to denuclearize.

Requests to visit that site and other missile sites were denied by leader Kim Jong Un, violating an agreement to end North Korea's missile program.

North Korea is now seeking security guarantees from the USA and relief from worldwide sanctions.

On Wednesday, the country's state-run Korean Central News Agency called for the complete suspension of South Korean-US military drills in order to build a permanent and strong peace regime.

"This is one of the important locations in North Korea our military is monitoring in cooperation with the United States", Roh Jae-cheon, a South Korean military spokesman, said Thursday about the North Korean base.

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U.S. President Donald Trump is said to want a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to ensure Kim makes good on the pledges made at their first summit in June.

Some analysts say the activity is geared toward the continual development of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles that could reach the US mainland.

He suggested the meeting could happen in January or February and that the U.S. could continue to enforce the economic sanctions it imposed on North Korea over its weapons program.

The Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday Ri was expected to meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and "exchange in-depth views" on bilateral relations; the situation on the Korean peninsula; and other issues of mutual concern. That includes missiles capable of reaching not just California, but anywhere in the United States. On Saturday, he told reporters that his next meeting with Kim was likely to happen in January or February.

A series of United Nations resolutions require North Korea to give up its ballistic missile program. A headquarters area is positioned at the mouth of the valley, the images show.

Many of these bases, including the Yeongjeo-dong facility, have been known to outside analysts.

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