North Korea hiding missile bases, US researchers say

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In July, The Washington Post said USA intelligence agencies have found that North Korea is building new missiles, based on satellite photographs taken at the time and other new evidence.

"These missile operating bases, which can be used for all classes of ballistic missile - from short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) up to and including intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) - would presumably have to be subject to declaration, verification, and dismantlement in any final and fully verifiable denuclearisation deal".

In the same area in the northern border town of Cheorwon, South Korea has removed 20 mines and 300 unspecified explosives, Jeong said.

North Korea has said it has closed its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, and that it would close other facilities should the US take "corresponding measures". "Despite all the summitry, North Korea is just as unsafe today as it was a year ago".

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 program has been held up by bureaucratic and budget disputes.

"Interesting but unsurprising report", said Kelsey Davenport, director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association.

"We should create a welcoming atmosphere nationwide and the visit by Chairman Kim Jong Un will set a milestone for unification and will have a significant historical meaning".

Are these bases evidence that North Korea is cheating on the agreement it reached in June, when US President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore?

Continuing a long-standing effort to reduce military presences along the demilitarized zone, North and South Korea spent the weekend taking apart a series of guard posts, with 22 posts along the front-lines being totally disarmed, removing all troops and equipment. The country has not conducted a missile flight test for almost a year, which came as a relief for Japan.

North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile programme, according to a new report by a US-based think tank which identified over a dozen small undeclared bases.

But the meetings were supposed to dig in on how to follow through on commitments made during Pompeo's last visit to Pyongyang in early October, including North Korea allowing global inspectors into the country to confirm the dismantlement of a nuclear test site and a missile engine test site. 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.

The findings, which were released amid signs the administration's negotiations with the North have stalled, draw on commercial satellite imagery and identify 13 secret facilities used to produce missiles and related technology.

The bases, according to experts, tend to be "rudimentary in nature" and feature underground tunnels for the storage of transporter erector launchers (TELs) and mobile erector launchers (MELs) that could be rolled out and dispersed to pre-prepared launch sites.

One of the destinations would be the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where North Korean officials invited journalists to watch a partial demolition in September.

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