South Korea's National Intelligence Agency said Wednesday that it had grasped the status quo of the North Korean "Sakkanmol" missile base and maintained its existing level of activities.
According to Yonhap News Agency on November 14, the Korean National Intelligence Agency held a symposium on North Korean missiles in Congress on the same day. According to the two and conference members, the State Council is also concerned about and tracking the trend of other missile bases in North Korea. At the meeting, the State Council reported on the status quo of DPRK-owned missiles such as "Scud" and "Ludong", and said that South Korea and the United States are sharing the assessment of the situation and closely watching the DPRK's nuclear missile facilities.
Recently, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) of the United States issued a report entitled "Undeclared North Korea: Shakanmo Missile Operational Base". The report said that 13 of the 20 bases that had not yet been formally declared by the Korean authorities were confirmed. According to the US New York Times, North Korea is developing ballistic missiles at 16 secret bases.
Speaking at a regular press conference on the 13th, Kim Yiqian, a spokesman for Tsingwatai, said that the so-called "secret ballistic missile base nearest to South Korea" mentioned in the report was used to launch short-range missiles, which had nothing to do with intercontinental missiles (ICBM) and medium- and long-range ballistic missiles (IRBM).
Jin Yiqian stressed that the statement "undeclared base" used in the report is not accurate. So far, there has been no agreement or negotiation between the DPRK and the US and the ROK concerning the declaration obligation, nor has it stipulated who should accept the declaration.
When questioned about defending North Korea, Kim Yiqian said that when dialogue between North Korea and the United States is needed, statements such as "undeclared" or "fraud" may lead to misunderstandings and hinder the smooth negotiation.
On November 13, U.S. President Trump also tweeted that it was false news to denounce the New York Times for the secret construction of North Korea's missile base.
"New York Times" is not accurate about the fact that North Korea is developing missile bases. We all know about the bases mentioned in the report. There are no new bases and nothing unusual happens. Trump said in twitter.
Since the US-DPRK summit, North Korea has dismantled a missile launch site and a nuclear test facility and suspended missile and nuclear weapons tests.
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