Satellite images show activity at North Korean missile base

North Korean sends top diplomat to key ally China

North Korean sends top diplomat to key ally China

But diplomacy has since come to a halt amid disputes over a USA demand that North Korea first produce a full inventory of its nuclear weapons and take other denuclearization steps before winning significant outside rewards.

Choe Ryong Hae, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling party, delivered the eulogy, praising the former Kim Chol Man for his contributions to North Korea's defenses.

North Korea has clandestinely expanded one of its main long-range missile development bases during recent months, according to new reports based on satellite imagery collected during October and November.

North Korea media reported Kim died of a chronic disease.

The Singapore summit, while historic in terms of who came to the table, produced a vaguely worded agreement to "build a lasting and stable peace regime" and for North Korea to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Bolton added that, if the North follows through on its promises, .

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

North Korea had announced the testing of an unspecified "newly developed ultramodern weapon" amid reports that it was continuing to develop its nuclear and missiles programs.

"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.

Bolton's comments Tuesday underscored the lack of progress the United States has made in moving North Korea closer to the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization Washington is seeking, and the concessions it has been making to Pyongyang, even as Trump has stressed the warmth of his relationship with Kim. However, Pyongyang has recently also shown frustration with Washington for refusing to meet its concessions. -North Korea negotiations to dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Analysts say the Yeongjeo-dong base was previously well known to US intelligence, but that the new facility nearby has never before been revealed. Additional tunnels were also found, as seen in satellite pictures, including a pair of large drive-through shelters capable of holding large ballistic missiles.

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