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Report reveals an undeclared N Korean missile base headquarters

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By Katanga Johnson

One of 20 undeclared ballistic missile operating bases in North Korea serves as a missile headquarters, according to a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) published on Monday.

"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," the report said.

The discovery of an undeclared missile headquarters comes three days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he "looks forward" to another summit to discuss denuclearization with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February.

CSIS, which last reported on the 20 undeclared bases in November, said the Sino-ri base has never been declared by North Korea and as a result "does not appear to be the subject of denuclearization negotiations."

The report noted that missile operating bases would presumably be subject to declaration, verification, and dismantlement in any denuclearization deal.

"The North Koreans are not going to negotiate over things they don't disclose," said Victor Cha, one of the authors of the report. "It looks like they're playing a game. They're still going to have all this operational capability," even if they destroy their disclosed nuclear facilities.

Located 132 miles (212 kilometers) north of the demilitarized zone, the Sino-ri complex is a seven-square-mile (18-square-km) base that plays a key role in developing ballistic missiles capable of reaching South Korea, Japan, and even the U.S. territory of Guam in the Western Pacific, the report said.

It houses a regiment-sized unit equipped with Nodong-1 medium-range ballistic missiles, the report added.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Satellite images of the base from Dec. 27, 2018 show an entrance to an underground bunker, reinforced shelters and a headquarters, the report said.

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The report is incorrect, Trump already took care of the DPRK.

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China needs to send in some cruise missiles to handle these locations.

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China needs to send in some cruise missiles to handle these locations.

How would that benefit China?

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"It looks like they're playing a game. They're still going to have all this operational capability," even if they destroy their disclosed nuclear facilities.,"

I guess harsh Tweets weren't as effective as Trump fans thought.

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The report was written by a think-tank; how impartial their findings are depends on perspective. The reports are said to have been based on satellite photos.

I assume Jeb-Don's also got info produced by US intelligence agencies. But has he read them?

What will Jeb-Don do? He's scheduled to meet with Kim soon, a meeting that could take some of the media attention away from his ongoing personal and political screw-ups and the numerous criminal investigations of him, his family and others in his syndicate.

The pursuit of peace in NEAsia and all other places around the globe is too important to be entrusted to a slimy politician with limited knowledge of world affairs - beyond building golf courses - like Trump .

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The North Koreans should build more ballistic missiles to defend themselves, their T62 or Migs were totally obsoleted, it is obvious in their parade! North Korea is a very important stragetic position, any changes of the border will result a castastropic consequence results! If Kim JrJr. gave a wrong signal of weakness or backdown to warmongers like John Bolton will be a very big mistake!

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We should be merciless in our tweeting.

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Let me guess,

Bellingcat.

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Who didn't see this one coming from NK

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How many declared and undeclared missile bases does the US have? North Korea must not capitulate, must not give in to US demands. When the US denuclearises then North Korea should consider following suit. Remember Iraq, Libya and Syria? These nations did not have nuclear weapons and what did the US do?

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The best part here is the people actually celebrating that Trump wasn't as successful in disarming North Korea as he thought.

Just because they hate Trump so much they would rather see Kim Jong Un possess nuclear missiles... Think about that.

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The best part here is the people actually celebrating that Trump wasn't as successful in disarming North Korea as he thought.

I think people didn't like that Trump was already celebrating about being successful in disarming North Korea when past history should had taught him to not count NK chickens before the eggs hatch

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