The information was putting the promises of denuclearization of Pyongyang. An american study published Monday says that North Korea has at least 13 sites secrets of ballistic missiles mobile nuclear capacity. The researchers at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a research firm in Washington, adding that these sites not declared by the government, could be the number twenty.
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This announcement comes as the initiative of foreign policy flagship of Donald Trump patina. The american president had agreed that the summit in Singapore last June with the north Korean leader Kim Jong-un had opened the way for the denuclearization of the country. And since this meeting, the North has implemented several actions in this direction, abandoning its ballistic tests and nuclear, and then dismantling a site for missile testing. Pyongyang had also promised, if the United States agreed to make concessions, to dismantle its main nuclear complex.
missiles capable of hitting Japan and South Korea
The CSIS study, therefore, comes to contradict these efforts. “Everyone is afraid that Trump will accept a bad agreement,” said Victor Cha, head of the program in north korea, the CSIS in the New York Times , the first newspaper to report on the study under a title referring to the “great deception” of Pyongyang. “They give us a single test site, they dismantle a few other tricks, and in exchange, they get a peace agreement”, he continued.
The researchers have relied on sources within the intelligence of several countries, statements by defectors from north korea, data available online and satellite images. According to them, the missile bases are scattered across the country, in tunnels drilled in the mountain regions. The infrastructure is designed to allow the quick release of mobile launchers of missiles and their evacuation sites shooting. It would be missiles of intermediate range, capable, according to la presse to hit Japan and South Korea, and are deployed within a belt of 90 to 150 kilometers to the north of the demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the peninsula. Missiles to shorter-range are installed in a belt tactical located between 40 and 90 miles of the DMZ.
South Korea was aware of these secret sites
But some analysts have nuanced the results of the study, such as Daniel Pinston, professor at the university of Troy to Seoul: “I don’t see anything earth-shattering, not really for new information”. He adds that the site Sakkanmol described by the study is “known for a long time, since at least 20 years.” According to the CSIS, this site is located less than 150 km from Seoul. A point of view shared by Vipin Narang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who tweeted: “Mr. Kim has literally ordered the mass production of ballistic missiles on the day of the year 2018. He has never proposed to stop their production, and still less to give up”. “Speaking of deception” is misleading, he continued. “There was no agreement to violate”.
For its part, the presidency of south korea has said that the intelligence services of south korea and the u.s. were already aware of the information contained in the report. The basis of Sakkanmol “has nothing to do with the ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile)”. “North Korea has never promised to get rid of its missiles to short-range or close its missile bases,” said to the press a spokesperson of the presidency of south korea, Kim Eui-kyeom. The south Korean president Moon Jae-in has been conducting a policy of dialogue enthusiastic with the North, and this report illustrates even more the need to discuss with Pyongyang the elimination of military threats, has continued the spokesman, adding that “such misleading information” could “block” the dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang.
as negotiations between the two countries already appear to be in stalemate after a meeting between the chief of american diplomacy Mike Pompeo and the right arm of Kim Jong-un, Kim Yong Chol has been postponed. North Korea has claimed to have pushed back the meeting scheduled last week in New York because “they were not ready,” explained the us ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley.