Ex­perts warn of grow­ing mis­sile base in N. Korea

The Sun News - - Weather - BY CHOE SANG-HUN

North Korea is ex­pand­ing an im­por­tant mis­sile base that would be one of the most likely sites for de­ploy­ing in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles ca­pa­ble of reach­ing the United States, two ex­perts on the North’s mis­sile pro­grams said Thurs­day, cit­ing new re­search based on satel­lite im­agery.

The ac­tiv­i­ties at the Yeong­jeo-dong mis­sile base near North Korea’s bor­der with China and the ex­pan­sion of a new sus­pected mis­sile fa­cil­ity seven miles away are the lat­est in­di­ca­tions that North Korea is con­tin­u­ing to im­prove its mis­sile ca­pa­bil­i­ties, said Jef­frey Lewis and David Sch­mer­ler of the Mid­dle­bury In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies at Mon­terey in Cal­i­for­nia. And they come de­spite Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­peated claims of progress in ef­forts to de­nu­cle­arize the North.

Lewis and Sch­mer­ler said they were still not sure whether Yeong­jeodong and the new fa­cil­ity un­der con­struc­tion in nearby Hoe­jung-ni were sep­a­rate bases or parts of a larger sin­gle op­er­a­tion.

But their ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tions make them ideal to “house long-range mis­siles,” they said in a re­port they were pre­par­ing.

“The base is lo­cated in the in­te­rior of North Korea, backed up against the Chi­nese bor­der,” they said.

“It is this lo­ca­tion that leads us to be­lieve that the gen­eral area is a strong can­di­date for the de­ploy­ment of fu­ture mis­siles that can strike the United States.”

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