US Expresses Discontent over Report on N. Korean Missile Bases
Nov 16 2018
Trump responded by calling the report "fake news" adding "We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new - and nothing happening out of the normal".
"I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!" he said. The South Korean government is busy defending North Korea against all critics to the point where it is fast becoming part of the problem the global community has to contend with.
Beyond Parallel has located 13 of what it calls an estimated 20 "undeclared" North Korean missile bases. But, the way the negotiations have moved since then it is obvious that North Korea is not willing to give up its entire nuclear and ballistic missile programme.
The "Outnumbered" panel on Tuesday reacted to reports that North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at more than a dozen hidden bases.
North Korea promised to shut down a missile launch site in the country's northwest in a joint declaration signed at the Inter-Korean summit in September.
"The dispersed deployment of these bases and distinctive tactics employed by ballistic missile units are combined with decades of extensive camouflage, concealment and deception practices to maximize the survival of its missile units from pre-emptive strikes and during wartime operations", they said.
Not only has North Korea never pledged to abandon these sites described in the report, it has never pledged to acknowledge they exist, the spokesman reminded. "What everybody is anxious about is that Trump is going to accept a bad deal - they give us a single test site and dismantle a few other things, and in return they get a peace agreement".
The report said 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 said: "Missile operating bases are not launch facilities".
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.
The spokeswoman also said that Washington hoped to reschedule the high-level meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with North Korean officials, which was abruptly postponed last week. State media warned again this month that Pyongyang might be forced to resume nuclear development if sanctions are not eased. "The last round of tests under Kim Jong-un were not just coming from missile test sites". Administration officials say they are trying to reschedule the meeting.
Bermudez, who has contributed extensively to 38 North, was quoted by the newspaper as saying, "Any missile at these bases can take a nuclear warhead". At what point will they conclude that North Korea is not really making progress toward the stated goal of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula?
Adding to recent troubles with denuclearization talks, North Korea has continued to lash out at the USA and threatened to resume building up its "nuclear forces".
In past tweets, he's also said that the Iran nuclear threat is over.