Satellite images show activity at North Korean missile base

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Yeongjeo-dong has always been known to USA intelligence agencies but researchers at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey said that the construction on a new facility, at Hoejung-ri, seven miles away, had not previously been publicly identified.

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. "They have not lived up to the commitments so far", he told The Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Council conference. "Just look, as one example, at the historic number of countries which have gotten on board our pressure campaign against North Korea".

"North Korea has a big job to do".

In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Thae Yong-ho, who defected from the North while serving as deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom, said that Pyongyang would never agree to end its weapons programme through a "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" process.

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

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Workers paint a North Korean flag atop a building on Kim Il-Sung square on July 7, 2016.

But Kim has yet to clarify whether and when he might dismantle his nuclear warheads and delivery missiles.

"Satellite images show that the base remains active", an institute report states, CNN reported.

Those missiles are being deployed at bases throughout North Korea despite the Singapore meeting, they said.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold talks in Washington on Thursday to discuss North Korea's denuclearization among other issues, it was announced here.

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

"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.

As of August 2018, researchers said North Korea is continuing to construct an extremely large underground facility.

A series of United Nations resolutions require North Korea to give up its ballistic missile program.

Since the Singapore meeting, talks between North Korea and the United States have stalled over how to eradicate the North's nuclear weapons program.

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His remarks come as the North has protested the sanctions regime, contributing to the recent impasse in U.S. But Washington wants the North to commit first to a detailed road map for full and verifiable denuclearization, starting with the declaration of all its nuclear weapons and fissile materials.

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