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North Korea expands long-range missile base as Trump seeks second summit

North Korea expands long-range missile base as Trump seeks second summit

"Whatever [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] says about his desire for denuclearization, North Korea continues to produce and deploy nuclear armed missiles", the Middlebury Institute's Jeffrey Lewis told CNN.

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.

"Moreover, in the past year North Korea has significantly expanded a nearby facility that appears to be another missile base".

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.

The group at Middlebury Institute of International Studies said based on its unique location, Yeongjeo-dong has always been a strong candidate to receive North Korea's newest long-range missiles.

Last year, the US led a series of U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions punishing the North for its tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

"That's why I think the president thinks that another summit is likely to be productive", added President Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton.

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

Speaking at a conference organized by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, .

Kim pretends to disarm and Trump pretends to believe him.

But despite the meetings and ongoing talks, many in Washington remain skeptical of the North Korea's seriousness. Despite summit talks on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, satellite footage showed that Pyongyang was continuing its missile program.

His remarks come as the North has protested the sanctions regime, contributing to the recent impasse in U.S.

In October, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang to verify that the Punggye-ri nuclear test site had been "irreversibly dismantled".

The base itself is strung along a narrow valley. Additional tunnels were also found, as seen in satellite pictures, including a pair of large drive-through shelters capable of holding large ballistic missiles. "The layout of the new buildings bears a significant resemblance to the older headquarters area at Yeongjeo-dong".