North Korea missile bases REVEALED in shock satellite images

Lester Mason
November 14, 2018

"North Korea's decommissioning of the Sohae satellite launch facility, while gaining much media attention, obscures the military threat to US forces and South Korea from this and other undeclared ballistic missile bases", it said.

South Korea's presidential office said the report didn't include any information it didn't already know.

"Chairman Kim has repeatedly expressed his strong will to denuclearise", South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said after meeting the North Korean leader in September, adding that the North Korean leader wanted to "focus on economic development" as soon as possible.

Sakkanmol, the site closest to the border with South Korea and its capital, Seoul, appears to be "active and being reasonably well maintained", the report found.

President insists the fully aware of all of North Korea's missile sites amid reports that new satellite images reveal "hidden" bases. "Kim Jong Un only committed voluntarily to halt long-range missile tests". Pyongyang halted missile and nuclear bomb testing earlier this year but United States and South Korean negotiators have yet to elicit from North Korea a concrete declaration of the size or scope of the weapons programs or a promise to stop deploying its existing arsenal. It also raised the possibility of shutting more sites and allowing global inspections if Washington took "corresponding measures", of which there has so far been no sign.

Before we set off too many alarm bells here, it's worth noting that none of these are new nuclear sites that the North Koreans have been working on during the negotiations.

The authors say the sites, which can be used for all classes of ballistic missiles, should be declared by North Korea and inspected in any credible, verifiable deal that addresses Pyongyang's most significant threats to the United States and its allies.

As Brennan spoke to Morning Joe on Tuesday about the president's latest antics, Willie Geist brought up the recent reports of new satellite images which suggest the North Koreans are still developing their missile capabilities at multiple hidden bases.

U.S. officials including Pompeo and Nikki Haley, Washington's ambassador to the UN, have insisted on North Korea's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation" before approving any scaling back of UN Security Council sanctions meant to cut the country's external trade to humanitarian aid and small quantities of fuel. "It has never signed any agreement, any negotiation that makes shutting down missile bases mandatory".

The Times said the Pentagon had planned to begin deploying a new generation of small, cheap satellites to track North Korea's mobile missiles, but the programme has been held up by bureaucratic and budget disputes.

USA officials have discussed possible clandestine enrichment sites for nuclear fuel, and in July, analysts at CNS used commercial satellite imagery to conclude that North Korea was "completing a major expansion of an important factory for producing solid rocket motors for ... nuclear-armed missiles". Trump tweeted the day after the report's release.

The Trump administration abandoned Victor Cha as its pick for the South Korean ambassador's post because Cha disagreed with the "bloody nose" preventive strike strategy proposed by some in the administration as a way to achieve the president's goal of removing nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula, according to analysts interviewed by the South China Morning Post at the time.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's meeting with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol, scheduled for last Thursday in NY was canceled.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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