Trump Refuses to Acknowledge Existence of 20 Secret North Korean Missile Bases

Trump Refuses to Acknowledge Existence of 20 Secret North Korean Missile Bases
Trump Refuses to Acknowledge Existence of 20 Secret North Korean Missile Bases
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16 November, 2018

We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new - and nothing happening out of the normal.

"I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!" he wrote.

Kinzinger said the USA should continue putting economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime, noting that Pompeo's meeting with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol, scheduled for last Thursday in NY was canceled.

USA analysts said Monday they have located 13 secret North Korean missile development sites, underscoring the challenge that the Trump administration faces in trying to reach its promised broad arms control agreement with Pyongyang.

The base, about 85 kilometers north of the demilitarized zone, is reportedly equipped with short-range ballistic missiles.

Trump's statement comes about a week after he reassured critics that denuclearization talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were continuing despite recent hurdles.

"There is more than enough to do in negotiating constraints on and the elimination of North Korea's nuclear and missile threats without exaggerating them and prematurely accusing Pyongyang of bad faith or calling into question President Trump's wisdom for trying nuclear diplomacy in earnest", the scholar added.

But on Tuesday, Seoul reacted with something of a shrug to news that more than a dozen of North Korea's hidden missile sites had been identified by US researchers using satellite images.

"There is nothing new" here, Kim Eui Keum, spokesman to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told a briefing Tuesday.

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"The dispersed deployment of these bases and distinctive tactics employed by ballistic missile units are combined with decades of extensive camouflage, concealment and deception practices to maximize the survival of its missile units from pre-emptive strikes and during wartime operations", they said.

He specifically criticized any suggestion that the bases constituted a "deception" by the North Koreans, or that there was any agreement that required Pyongyang to declare the existence of the bases. South Korea's National Intelligence Service said late last month there were "signs" the regime was preparing to allow "outside experts" to survey the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site.

Some 50 to 90 kilometres (31 to 56 miles) from the demilitarised zone that has separated the two Koreas since 1953, "these bases are far enough forward to provide coverage of critical facilities in the northern two-thirds of South Korea, yet far enough from the DMZ to be beyond the range of South Korean and USA long-range artillery", the report said.

The bases are scattered across the country in underground facilities tunneled in narrow mountain valleys, according to the CSIS researchers, and designed for mobile missile launchers to quickly exit and move to previously prepared launch sites.

"It rather calls for the need to restart (denuclearization) talks early", he said.

In return, it got the U.S.to halt large-scale joint military exercises with South Korea and is now demanding a formal declaration of an end to the Korean War and eased sanctions.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to meet with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the North Korean Central Committee, in New York City last week.

According to Revere, Pyongyang believes it can keep nuclear weapons and maintain its relations with Washington at the same time. It's exactly what Kim said he would do.

One of the missile operating bases is located in the southwestern province of North Hwanghae.


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