October 16, 2017 12:11
As the South Korean and U.S. navies kicked off massive joint drills on Monday amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. has also begun assessing the locations of North Korea's underground military facilities, including tunnels along the demilitarized zone.
Doug Wiltsie, chief of the U.S. Army's Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), visited South Korea last month to work through an assessment of North Korean underground military facilities along the DMZ, Defense News reported last week.
The RCO was created in August last year to expedite the deployment of critical military technologies.
Wiltsie said, "The North Koreans use tunnels for both hiding their rockets and cannons, the artillery barrage that will start the war, and then there is also, within the ammunition stores they have, the belief is that there are chemical weapons in there also."
The ability to map these massive underground facilities "is really critical to understanding where things are and areas that need to be identified and secured so that they can be dealt with later," he said.
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