US Think-Tank Finds Undeclared North Korean Missile Site

Posted on Nov 14, 2018

The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has used satellite imagery and interviews with analysts and North Korean defectors to highlight what it says are locations of operating bases. None of the missile bases has been acknowledged by North Korea. It says there is an estimated total of 20 North Korean operating bases undeclared by the country’s government. The United Nations has previously accused North Korea of continuing to develop nuclear and missile programs in violation of international sanctions. The CSIS report claims that maintenance and infrastructure improvements have been observed at some of the sites, despite ongoing negotiations over denuclearisation. Sites identified in the CSIS report are scattered in remote, mountainous areas across North Korea which the report says they could be used to house “all classes of ballistic missile”. The report says: “Missile operating bases are not launch facilities. While missiles could be launched from within them in an emergency.”

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