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North Korea Nuclear Facility Upgrades Detected Since Summit

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump after taking part in a signing ceremony at the end of their historic summit in Singapore on June 12. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 June 2018 08:14 AM

North Korean nuclear facility upgrades have been detected in satellite imagery weeks after the Singapore summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump that was supposed to signal the start of denuclearization, several news sites were reporting Wednesday morning.

The images obtained by North 38, a North Korean analysis outlet, showed Kim Jong Un’s regime making numerous improvements to infrastructure at its Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center.

North 38 provided detailed explanations by experts on the improvements that include a new cooling water pump house, multiple new buildings, completed construction on a cooling water reservoir and an apparently active Radiochemical Laboratory, The Hill reported.

Whether the reactor was still in operation is not known.

"Continued work at the Yongbyon facility should not be seen as having any relationship to North Korea's pledge to denuclearize," the North 38 report said. "The North's nuclear cadre can be expected to proceed with business as usual until specific orders are issued from Pyongyang."

North 38 reported last week that there had been no apparent disarmament activity taken by North Korea at its sites since the June 12 summit.

"Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launching Station from June 12 shows no apparent activity related to dismantlement of its rocket engine test stand," said an analysis by North Korean expert Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., according to North 38.

"This stand has been suggested as the probable location U.S. President Trump was referring to in his post-Singapore Summit statements that North Korea is 'destroying their engine site. They're blowing it up,'" Bermudez said.

The Hill said the agreement between Trump and Kim, signed at the historic summit in earlier this month, committed the U.S. to "security guarantees" in exchange for a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

Critics have charged the deal was not specific enough and gave too much to North Korea without securing anything for the U.S. in return.

Since the meeting Trump had declared the North Korea would no longer be a nuclear threat to the United States and that the communist country has "great potential."

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North Korean nuclear facility upgrades have been detected in satellite imagery weeks after the Singapore summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump that was supposed to signal the start of denuclearization, several news sites were reporting Wednesday morning.
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