Findings by a US think tank are contradicting North Korea’s promises to curb their nuclear and long range missile pursuits. The think tank claims to have identified 13 of 20 undeclared missile sites.
- Despite this, is the closing of the Sohae missile engine test facility a good sign?
- Do you believe North Korea is deceiving the US?
A US think tank said on Monday that it had identified at least 13 of an estimated 20 unreported missile bases in North Korea, underscoring the challenge for US negotiators to persuade Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and long-range missiles.
In reports published by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, researcher Joseph Bermudez said that, despite the ongoing negotiations, maintenance and minor infrastructure improvements were observed at some sites.
At their landmark June Summit in Singapore, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump promised to work towards denuclearization, but the agreement was short on specifics and the negotiations made little progress.
Shortly after that summit, Trump tweeted that “North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat.”
North Korea declared its nuclear force “complete” and stopped nuclear missile and bomb testing earlier this year, but US and South Korean negotiators have yet to obtain from Pyongyang a concrete statement of the size or scope of the arms programs or a promise to stop deploying its existing arsenal.