Publicado: Sáb, Diciembre 08, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Kim Jong Un clears schedule for historic visit to Seoul

Kim Jong Un clears schedule for historic visit to Seoul

They confirm what has become increasingly obvious in the past few months - that Mr Trump's summit with Mr Kim last June has done little to stop the North from consolidating its long-range nuclear capability.

Yeongjeo-dong has always been known to U.S. 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.

No North Korean leader has traveled to South Korea since fighting stopped in the Korean War, which killed millions.

Despite that site being known to the USA intelligence community, images show in the past year, North Korea has significantly expanded to a nearby base. "They have not lived up to the commitments so far", he told The Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Council conference.

North Korea's foreign minister arrived in key ally China on Thursday for talks amid stalled efforts to persuade his government to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs. There have been five summit meetings between the leaders of the Koreas, three of them between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, but they all happened either in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, or the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands during the signing of a document after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, June 12, 2018.

After the Hwasong-15 test, Kim said he had a "nuclear button" on his desk that could send missiles hurtling toward the continental United States.

But while Trump maintains that Kim committed to fully denuclearize during their summit in Singapore this summer, the truth is that the meeting only yielded a vaguely worded agreement, in which the two leaders pledged to build a "lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula" and to "work toward complete denuclearization" of the peninsula.

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"Satellite images show that the base remains active".

The North officially suspended its nuclear and missile tests ahead of the June summit, and missile production and deployment does not technically violate any agreement between Pyongyang and the US and South Korea. "One such facility is the missile base near Yeongjeo-dong".

"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.

The images, obtained by CNN, indicate North Korea began building a large, underground facility in 2017 and that construction was still ongoing as of August of this year.

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

"Those missiles are being deployed at bases throughout North Korea, many of which have always been known to outside analysts".

North Korea insists on taking steps toward denuclearization only if Washington takes "simultaneous" reciprocal actions, such as easing sanctions.

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