A USA think tank said on Monday it had identified at least 13 of an estimated 20 undeclared missile operating bases inside North Korea, underscoring the challenge for American negotiators hoping to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.
North Korea is conning the United States, building up secret, smaller missile bases even after publicly touting the dismantling of its main launch site, according to a new review of satellite images by a top think tank.
North Korea detonated the command post facilities of its nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, North Korea.
The analysts looked specifically at the Sakkanmol Missile Operating Base, located only 135km from Seoul. In June, the group 38 North reported that satellite images showed improvements to infrastructure at North Korean nuclear test sites.
Trump also reassured critics that talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were still occurring.
A State Department official, asked whether those hidden sites went against the spirit of the summit and whether North Korea must give them up, said Trump had made clear that "should Chairman Kim follow through on his commitments - including complete denuclearization and the elimination of ballistic missile programs - a much brighter future lies ahead for North Korea and its people".
Although the sites are not launch facilities and in some cases are rudimentary, the authors of the report say they are hidden and illustrate the scope of the North's weapons program and the country's determination to hide its military might. The first shipment is expected to arrive in Pyongyang at 10 a.m. and return to Seoul at 1 p.m., Kim said.
The findings, which were released amid signs the administration's negotiations with the North have stalled, drew on commercial satellite imagery and identify 13 secret facilities used to produce missiles and related technology.Читайте также: Israel, Hamas Trade Heavy Fire After Deadly Incursion
"North Korea has never promised to shut down this missile base", Kim Eui-kyeom said in a statement, citing one base described in detail by the CSIS researchers.
'Missile operating bases are not launch facilities, ' Bermudez wrote.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies - relying on satellite photos, as well as interviews with defectors and defence and intelligence officials from around the world - has identified 13 of an estimated 20 undeclared missile operating bases.
North Korea took a step toward denuclearization last month when Kim told Pompeo he was ready to allow worldwide inspectors into its nuclear and missile sites - a step North Korea has repeatedly refused to take in the past.
The United States and South Korea have said the drills are defensive in nature.
Trump played down the delay in Pompeo's meeting with Kim Yong Chol, a right-hand man of North Korea's leader, and said it was a scheduling issue. Pompeo and other US officials have said that clearly includes dismantling its entire nuclear weapons program, but North Korea has not confirmed that.
"But I will say this, I will say this very simply - We are in no rush, the sanctions are on", he said. "I have talked with the administration and basically what we're looking at is they postponed it because they weren't ready".
Under doveish South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Seoul has pursued a policy of engagement with its isolated, nuclear-armed neighbor, in contrast with the USA which insists pressure should be maintained on Pyongyang until it denuclearizes.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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