November 14, 2018 13:33
North Korea has been running more than a dozen secret missile development sites, according to a report by the U.S. Center for Strategic and International Studies. The CSIS, which analyzed satellite images, accused North Korea of deception by destroying one missile engine test facility in Tongchang-ri and making it appear as if that was a huge step toward giving up its missile program.
North Korea has blown up two facilities -- the Tongchang-ri test site and the obsolete Punggye-ri nuclear test site -- and invited only non-experts to witness their destruction. In return, it got the U.S. to halt large-scale joint military exercises with South Korea and is now demanding a formal declaration of an end to the Korean War and eased sanctions. At the same time, North Korea says it is afraid to submit an inventory of its nuclear stockpiles and facilities because that would automatically make them targets for attack, though in fact it is probably refusing because it is unsure how much information the U.S. has.
Yet a Cheong Wa Dae spokesman responded to the report about the secret missile sites by saying it contains "nothing new" and that the North never promised to destroy any missile sites other than Tongchang-ri. A North Korean government spokesman would have said the same thing. In September, President Moon Jae-in told Fox News that North Korea will be unable to conduct any more missile tests if the Tongchang-ri site is demolished. Did he know about the other missile bases when he said that? Either North Korea or Moon was lying.
One of the secret missile sites, the Sakkanmol base, is just 135 km away from Seoul. The Cheong Wa Dae spokesman said Sakkanmol does not contain intercontinental ballistic missiles, which are a main bone of contention for the U.S. But that sounds like Cheong Wa Dae is not at all concerned about the threat to the South. Are South Koreans supposed to keep living with the threat of missile attacks hanging over their heads? The South Korean government is busy defending North Korea against all critics to the point where it is fast becoming part of the problem the international community has to contend with.
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