President Donald Trump says he’s likely to meet the North Korea leader early next year and that he’s in “no rush” to engage in de-nuclearization talks with Pyongyang. (Nov. 7)
WASHINGTON – North Korea has at least 13 secret operating bases where the regime is continuing work on its ballistic missile program, a sign Kim Jong Un is not winding down his country’s nuclear program despite public promises touted by the Trump administration.
New research, conducted by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Security, has identified 13 of an estimated 20 North Korean missile operating bases that are undeclared by the government.
The CSIS experts said that North Korea’s highly publicized move to decommission a satellite launch facility gained a flurry of positive media attention. But that move “obscures the military threat to U.S. forces and South Korea from this and other undeclared ballistic missile bases.”
CSIS experts used satellite images to locate the undeclared military bases, which they said could be used for “for all classes” of ballistic missiles, including intercontinental missiles.
The findings, first reported by the New York Times, stand in stark contrast to President Donald Trump’s declaration that North Korea no longer represents a nuclear threat and that he has made progress is persuading Kim to declare and relinquish his nuclear arsenal.
The new report emphasizes that the hidden bases are not launch facilities. However, they are “permanent facilities that contain a unit’s headquarters, barracks, housing, support, maintenance, and storage facilities,” the report says.
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