As many as 20 secret missile sites have been discovered in North Korea, according to a new report.
Researchers say among the sites is a secret ballistic missile base, Sino-Ri Missile Operating base, that North Korea has never disclosed.
The report released Monday and obtained by NBC News was conducted by Beyond Parallel, a project sponsored by the defense think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.
A report released Monday discovered 20 secret missile sites in North Korea, The discovery comes days after Trump announced he is meeting with Kim Jong-un next month
One of the sites, Sino-Ri Missile Operating base, is the headquarters for developing ballistic missiles
Aerial view of Sino-Ri Missile Operating base
Victor Cha, one of the report’s authors said: ‘The North Koreans are not going to negotiate over things they don’t disclose. It looks like they’re playing a game. They’re still going to have all this operational capability,’ even if they destroy their disclosed nuclear facilities
Cha added that the base is ‘clearly a mainstay of their strategic missile force.’
The Sino-ri Missile Operating Base is about 130miles north of the demilitarized zone (DMZ).
It acts as the headquarters of the Korean People’s Army Strategic Rocket Force missile brigade.
According to the report, the base has been key to developing ballistic missiles to reach South Korea, Japan and Guam.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted that he was ‘looking forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at the end of February!’
‘The Media is not giving us credit for the tremendous progress we have made with North Korea. Think of where we were at the end of the Obama Administration compared to now,’ he added.
Trump tweeted Sunday that he is looking forward to meeting with Kim in February
The location for President Trump’s second summit with Kim has yet to be determined.
The White House made the announcement after the president met with Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean envoy to the U.S., behind closed doors for an hour-and-a-half on Friday.
Kim Yong Chol was in Washington to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He made an unannounced visit to the White House to hand-deliver a letter from the North Korean leader to the American president at the conclusion of their conversation.
The meeting with Trump resulted in a declaration that a second summit would take place next month.
‘President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and half, to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February,’ White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. ‘The President looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at a place to be announced at a later date.’
Kim’s trip to Washington was a sign that the two countries considered themselves to be making enough progress on a nuclear deal, following Trump and Kim’s first meeting in in June in Singapore, to have another face-to-face conversation.
North Korea recently warned the United States that it could restart nuclear and missile tests if the United States sticks with its ‘one-sided demands.’