North Korea missile bases REVEALED in shock satellite images

North Korea missile bases REVEALED in shock satellite images

U.S. President Donald Trump has weighed in on a report that North Korea has at least 13 undeclared bases capable of hiding missiles, calling the report "fake news".

"We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new - and nothing happening out of the normal", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Seoul has worked hard to revive nuclear negotiations between the US and North Korea that have reduced fears of war in South Korea following a series of North Korean weapons tests and threats of military action by Trump previous year.

The New York Times quotes Victor Cha, one of the principals behind the CSIS report, as saying that work on the estimate 20 nuclear facilities has continued on despite diplomatic efforts and Trump's assertion that "there is no longer a nuclear threat"-making them more unsafe than ever before".

A report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies has identified 13 secret facilities used to produce missiles and related technology.

A spokesman for South Korea's Blue House said in a statement Seoul's military satellites had been closely monitoring the sites and noted Pyongyang had never promised to declare the existence of missile bases or to shut them down.

"While missiles could be launched from within them in an emergency, Korean People's Army operational procedures call for missile launchers to disperse from the bases to pre-surveyed or semi-prepared launch sites for operations".

North Korea recently warned, however, it could restart its nuclear program if the United States does not drop its campaign of "maximum pressure" and sanctions.

Melissa Francis that Trump told reporters last week, "We are in no rush".

"Far from "moving ahead with its ballistic missile program, ' Bermudez notes that 'only minor infrastructure changes were observed" at this particular site since Kim Jong Un came to power in December 2011", Sigal added.

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The report is also based on satellite images taken in March, which was three months before the first-ever summit between the leaders of North Korea and the U.S.

"Improving relations with Pyongyang may be a laudable goal, but any claim that the North Korean nuclear and missile threats have been solved is either wishful thinking or purposefully deceptive", he said.

Image: The Sakkanmol missile operating base. North Korea claimed previous year that its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) are capable of capable of launching a nuclear warhead and strike the US mainland.

Trump's directed his tweet at the New York Times story. "Kim Jong Un only committed voluntarily to halt long-range missile tests".

There has been criticism of the way the CSIS report was portrayed in the media, especially by the New York Times, that called the findings (quote) "great deception" by the North.

The United States, meanwhile, has delayed approval of several requests for exemptions to UN sanctions to deliver tractors, spare parts and other humanitarian relief supplies to North Korea, according to documents seen last week by AFP.

The report singled out a base known as Sakkanmol, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of the demilitarized zone and one of the closest to South Korea.

The facilities identified in the new report are in strategic locations that would put missiles in range of South Korea and Japan, according to the report.

"As of November 2018, the base is active and being reasonably well-maintained by North Korean standards".

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