North Korea

North Korea Has Been Building Up Hidden Missile Bases

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Independent analysis of commercial satellite imagery has revealed that North Korea has been building up their ballistic missile program at over a dozen hidden bases that haven't been previously revealed to the public.

This report from the New York Times heavily implies that the existence of these hidden bases, revealed over the weekend by the Beyond Parallel program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is not news to American intelligence although we've never heard about this before.

“We are in no rush,” Mr. Trump said of talks with the North at a news conference on Wednesday, after Republicans lost control of the House. “The sanctions are on. The missiles have stopped. The rockets have stopped. The hostages are home.”

His statement was true in just one sense. Mr. Trump appeared to be referring to the halt of missile flight tests, which have not occurred in nearly a year. But American intelligence officials say that the North’s production of nuclear material, of new nuclear weapons and of missiles that can be placed on mobile launchers and hidden in mountains at the secret bases has continued. [...]

A State Department spokesman responded to the findings with a written statement suggesting that the government believed the sites must be dismantled: “President Trump has made clear that should Chairman Kim follow through on his commitments, including complete denuclearization and the elimination of ballistic missile programs, a much brighter future lies ahead for North Korea and its people.” A spokesman for the C.I.A. declined to comment.

While the CIA declined to comment, a spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae-in issued a statement saying that South Korean and American intelligence know all about these hidden bases. Moon's office also downplayed this report and said North Korea has never agreed to dismantle their missile program, which is true enough, but I think that ignores the spirit and context of what has taken place up to now.

North Korea partially dismantled one missile base and presented it as proof that they're willing to negotiate in good faith with the United States and South Korea, and Trump bought it, but the North has been building up 16 other missile bases that we're just now learning about.

It's an open question to me if this information has been intentionally withheld from the public to make Trump's acceptance of Kim Jong-un's gestures easier to sell.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies called North Korea's hidden missile bases a "great deception," a description that President Moon Jae-in's office is strongly denying, but maybe the deception was not between North Korea and the United States. The "great deception" may have been between the Trump regime and the American public.

The fact that South Korea's president issued a public statement acknowledging that they know all about these bases while American intelligence declined to comment tells me they may not necessarily be on the same page.

You can find highly detailed photos and analysis here.

  • muselet

    We know the reports of North Korean missile bases are true because Donald Trump tweeted that they were “fake news!”

    I don’t blame Moon Jae-in for underplaying the importance of the bases. South Korea is within easy range of the last several generations of North Korean missiles, and can’t rely on the US any longer.

    Trump’s Charlie Foxtrot in Korea may be catastrophic.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Cleaning up the mess this idiot and his sycophants leave behind is going to be a decades long project.

    • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

      It may take generations.

  • fry1laurie

    “Preserve, protect and defend.” Those words actually came out of Drumpf’s mouth.

    • Tony Lavely

      Musta been reading the LAPD slogan on a cruiser…

  • Draxiar

    But this can’t be true…they fell in love after all….

  • katanahamon

    Information like this should shock the public back to reality in that we have an incompetent fool as president. While he’s out there insulting our allies or creating constitutional distractions actual evil things are happening. Rump refused to staff the government because well, he hates government, and because he simply didn’t have enough shifty cronies despite the bottomless well he seems to draw upon. This has led to a loss of “institutional memory and ability,” making our government, in a word, dumber. Also less able to analyze and respond appropriately to demands placed on it. January can’t come soon enough.