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Report finds another undisclosed North Korea missile site, says there are 19 more

Report finds another undisclosed North Korea missile site, says there are 19 more

With a second U.S.-North Korea nuclear summit looming in February, researchers have discovered a secret ballistic missile base in North Korea — one of as many as 20 undisclosed missile sites in the country, according to the researchers’ new report.

The Kim regime has never disclosed the existence of the Sino-ri Missile Operating Base to the outside world. Ballistic missiles are the primary delivery mechanism for North Korean nuclear warheads.

The report from Beyond Parallel, a project sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a defense think tank, was released Monday and comes after an announcement Friday that President Donald Trump «looks forward» to meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un next month «at a place to be announced at a later date.»

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The North Koreans are not going to negotiate over things they don’t disclose,» said Victor Cha, one of the authors of the report. «It looks like they’re playing a game. They’re still going to have all this operational capability,» even if they destroy their disclosed nuclear facilities.

Cha says the base is «clearly a mainstay of their strategic missile force,» but there are no indications it is part of any discussions on denuclearization.

Situated about 130 miles north of the DMZ, Sino-ri Missile Operating Base houses the headquarters for the Korean People’s Army Strategic Rocket Forces missile brigade, a unit responsible for ballistic missiles. The base has been central to developing ballistic missiles that are capable of reaching South Korea, Japan, and even Guam, according to the report.

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Beyond Parallel researchers estimate North Korea has 20 undisclosed sites where it continues to develop its ballistic missile program. Sino-ri is one of the oldest of those sites but is still operational today. Satellite photos dated Dec. 27, 2018, show an entrance to an underground bunker, hardened shelters, and a headquarters area, according to Beyond Parallel. The underground bunkers have rock and dirt berms in front that appear to protect them from artillery fire and airstrikes. The base is just under 7 square miles in size.

The North Koreans are not going to negotiate over things they don’t disclose,» said Victor Cha, one of the authors of the report. «It looks like they’re playing a game. They’re still going to have all this operational capability,» even if they destroy their disclosed nuclear facilities.

Cha says the base is «clearly a mainstay of their strategic missile force,» but there are no indications it is part of any discussions on denuclearization.

Situated about 130 miles north of the DMZ, Sino-ri Missile Operating Base houses the headquarters for the Korean People’s Army Strategic Rocket Forces missile brigade, a unit responsible for ballistic missiles. The base has been central to developing ballistic missiles that are capable of reaching South Korea, Japan, and even Guam, according to the report.

Click here to read the report

Beyond Parallel researchers estimate North Korea has 20 undisclosed sites where it continues to develop its ballistic missile program. Sino-ri is one of the oldest of those sites but is still operational today. Satellite photos dated Dec. 27, 2018, show an entrance to an underground bunker, hardened shelters, and a headquarters area, according to Beyond Parallel. The underground bunkers have rock and dirt berms in front that appear to protect them from artillery fire and airstrikes. The base is just under 7 square miles in size.

Cha, a former National Security Council official focused on Asian affairs, agreed that the trip to Beijing was a sign Kim is readying for the next meeting.

«This happened last time, too. Kim Jong Un has more leverage in the meeting if he’s just met with Chinese,» Cha said, adding, «The Chinese want to make sure that they see Kim before he has another meeting with the U.S. too.»

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