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New satellite images reveal activity at unidentified North Korean missile base

Published 2:02 PM ET, Wed December 5, 2018
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New satellite images obtained exclusively by CNN reveal North Korea has significantly expanded a key long-range missile base located in the mountainous interior of the country. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
The satellite imagery offers evidence that the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby site remain active and have been continuously upgraded. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
The base itself is strung along a narrow valley. A headquarters area is positioned at the mouth of the valley, the images show. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Further up the valley, North Korea was continuing to construct an extremely large underground facility in 2017. This facility was still under construction as of August 2018. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
There are five entrances to underground tunnels that may be used to store missiles, the report states. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
While the base at Yeongjeo-dong has long been known to US intelligence agencies and analysts, researchers at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey told CNN that the images reveal construction on a new facility just seven miles away from the older site that had not been previously identified. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
"Satellite images show that the base remains active. Moreover, in the past year North Korea has significantly expanded a nearby facility that appears to be another missile base," the report states, noting that it is unclear whether the two bases are separate, or whether one is subordinate to other. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Photos from the Middlebury Institute taken in October/November 2018 reveal North Korea has significantly expanded a key long-range missile base. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
While the base at Yeongjeo-dong has long been known to US intelligence agencies and analysts, researchers at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey told CNN that the images reveal construction on a new facility just seven miles away from the older site that had not been previously identified. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
North Korea appears to have begun to expand the base significantly, starting with the construction of a new headquarters area in 2014. The layout of the new buildings bears a significant resemblance to the older headquarters area at Yeongjeo-dong. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
The site's unique location makes it a strong candidate to receive North Korea's newest long-range missiles, including those that can carry nuclear weapons and can strike the United States, Lewis and Schmerler said. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey