After the recent talks between North Korea and The United States, hopes remain high for North Korean denuclearization. Now, news out of North Korea has people wondering just how committed they are to the process. Satellite images show that one of their research sites is rapidly being upgraded.
Kim Jong Un’s promise to strip the nuclear capabilities of the country began on good terms. The country’s military hosted reporters for a staged demolition of one of the test sites. The act was a show of goodwill before the talks.
“New satellite images show that not only are operations continuing at the Yongbyon nuclear site, several new buildings have been erected in recent months, monitoring website 38 North said today,” The Daily Mail writes.
While there are no visible signs of nuclear testing coming form the site, there are obvious improvements.
“The images from 38 North show a new engineering office building, complete with a new concrete driveway, at the Experimental Light Water Reactor, as well as a small blue building nearby with unknown purpose.”
President Trump, after the talks, said “It will be a total denuclearisation, which is already taking place.”
Even though this is not photographic evidence of nuclear explosions, it is worrying.
“Commercial satellite imagery from June 21 indicates that improvements to the infrastructure at… Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center are continuing at a rapid pace,” 38 North said.
38 North also believes that there has been constant work at the uranium refineries in the country.
“US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been pushing for more follow-up talks to flesh out details over denuclearisation but no date has been set for when they would take place,” DM notes.
What this means for the ongoing talks remains unseen. If this is a sign that the testing has resumed it will derail the ongoing peace process and force President Trump to act on the threats he made before the talks began in earnest in June.