The satellite images show that North Korea has taken steps to hide a facility, which US intelligence agencies believe is being used to store nuclear weapons. The situation has raised alarms and highlights the need for Biden to articulate a strategy for relations with the country.
Captured by Max February 11, and analyzed by experts from the Middlebury Institute, the images show that North Korea built new structures in Yongdoktong throughout the year 2020.
Several experts believe that the efforts are likely to hide two entrances to underground tunnels that lead to the facility where nuclear weapons are stored.
Yongdoktong had previously been identified by the US Intelligence Center as a suspected nuclear weapons storage facility North Korea and is still believed to be used for this purpose, a US intelligence CNN.
The satellite images obtained reaffirm what is widely taken for granted by US authorities and national security experts: North Korea continues to develop nuclear weapons, while planning a way to hide those already produced.
The main US allies are waiting for details on the political strategy of Joe Biden for North Korea, which they expect to be announced publicly in the coming weeks, by which time the Government is due to complete a review, CNN.
In addition to emphasizing the commitment to work alongside regional allies, the Biden administration has given very little detail about its plans to engage diplomatically with North Korea. Only a few of the senior officials reaffirmed the US commitment to “denuclearization”.
“The president’s view is undoubtedly that North Korea’s ballistic missile, and other proliferation-related activities, pose a serious threat to international peace and security and undermine the global non-proliferation regime,” said the White House, Jen Psaki, in the last month.
Some former US Intelligence Center officials warn that recent efforts to inhibit satellite images of American spies may aim to remind the Biden administration that work on these programs continues, while the White House decides what conduct it will take. .
North Korea’s tactic of trying to use “Deceit and denial” is not new, explained a former employee who, in statements to the CNN, noted that North Koreans use tactics to draw US attention to a subject, allow miscalculations and deny that they are actually doing so.
The Secretary of State Tony blinking made it clear that the government is considering increasing pressure on Pyongyang and attracting them diplomatically, adding that nothing can be done without consulting the allies.
Ana Isabel Moura, ZAP //