Missile bases discovered in North Korea
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will have something new to discuss in February.
An undisclosed North Korean missile base has been found 132 miles from the South Korean border, according to the nonpartisan think tank Beyond Parallel.
The Sino-ri Missile Operating Base is the latest of up to 20 undisclosed bases to have been identified outside of the facilities the North Koreans have declared in denuclearization negotiations with the West, according to the report.
The newly discovered base may have been instrumental in developing North Korea’s Pukkosong-2 missile, which caught military watchers by surprise when it was tested in Feb. 2017.
“The Sino-ri missile operating base and the Nodong missiles deployed at this location fit into North Korea’s presumed nuclear military strategy by providing an operational-level nuclear or conventional first strike capability against targets located both throughout the Korean Peninsula and in most of Japan,” the report reads.
Said to be guarded by anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air defense systems, the newly spotted facility is not yet thought to have been a part of peace talks between North Korea and the international community.
The White House announced Friday that Trump and Kim would meet “near the end of February” to directly discuss the kingdom’s military ambitions and more. Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June where the U.S. president stated a goal of “complete denuclearization” for North Korea. North Korean leadership soon after released a statement saying removal or reduction of “invasive” U.S. forces in South Korea would be important to future negotiations.
Trump declared after his first meeting with Kim that North Korea presented no threat to the U.S.
“Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea,” Trump tweeted.