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President Trump struck out on Tuesday on a new report identifying more than a dozen hidden bases in North Korea that could be used to spread mobile launches for ballistic missiles, even as the president continues to claim a significantly reduced nuclear threat.
“We know fully about the places discussed, nothing new – and nothing happens beyond normal,” said the president in a tweet . “. . . I will be the first to let you know if things get bad! “
The report, Mondays of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was covered by several news organizations, including the New York Times, whose news story Trump noticed” More false news “without contesting the content.
Following a highly appreciated summit in June with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump said on Twitter that there was no “nuclear weapon event from North Korea.” In public, he has largely preserved this pink view of the negotiations.
We have no hurry, “he told reporters last week, when asked about the prospect of a second summit with Kim and added that” the missiles have stopped, the rockets have stopped “.
The CSIS report is the latest proof that, although North Korea has really stopped its missile testing, it is far from dismantling its weapons facilities. In fact, it seems to be adding to its warehouse.
In the report, CSIS used satellite images and interviews with North Korean deficiencies and authorities to identify 13 missile bases. They say there are seven more bases that remain hidden.
The bases, located in “mountainous terrain, often spread in narrow deadly valleys”, reported the New York Times, could be used to distribute mobile missiles, which would be extremely difficult for other nations to track and stop before the missiles could kicked.
The CSIS team was led by Victor Cha, a North Korean expert whom the Trump Administration considered to nominate as ambassador to South Korea last year. However, his name was not presented after Cha expressed independence at the end of December with the Trump Administration’s North Korea policy.