Nov 12, 2018 - World

Satellite images show North Korea expanding 16 ballistic missile sites

Kim Jong-un

Photo: Pyeongyang Press Corps, Pool via Getty Images

North Korea has been making improvements to 16 hidden ballistic missile bases even as it has made halting moves to dismantle a major site to appease the United States, according to satellite images reported by the New York Times.

The big picture: The Trump administration has touted great progress in its diplomatic effort to eliminate North Korea's missile program, but evidence available to American intelligence agencies suggests otherwise. Talks between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a top North Korean official were canceled last week due to "a scheduling issue," according to the State Department — but the BBC reported that the meeting was canceled because "the North Koreans didn't get on the plane as planned."

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