Washington, Nov 14 : United States President Donald Trump has labelled reports about North Korea’s undeclared operating missile bases as “fake news” as some American analysts claim they have identified at least 13 of an estimated 20 undeclared missile bases inside Pyonyang.
Referring to the New York Times article, Trump tweeted,” The story in the New York Times concerning North Korea developing missile bases is inaccurate. We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new – and nothing happening out of the normal. Just more Fake News. I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!.”
The article was written on the information on a study published by the Beyond Parallel program at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.
South Korean officials sought to play down the report, by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in’s spokesman said it would be wrong to characterise the missile bases as a “deception” on North Korea’s part, saying that neither declaring them nor shutting them down was a part of an agreement reached between the two countries in September.
The study claims to have located 3 out of 20 undeclared North Korean missile operating based on satellite images and interviews with North Korean defectors, along with government and intelligence officials internationally.
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and the US’s president Donald Trump in June declared they would work towards denuclearisation . Since that summit, Pyongyang says it has closed its Punggye-ri nuclear testing site and the Sohae missile engine test facility.But analysts have questioned why Sakkanmol , the site closet to the South Korea is active when Kim Jong un is trying to mend its ties with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The detailed report of North Korean nuclear sites comes amid stalled denuclearisation talks between North Korea and US after the meeting between Secretary of State Michael pompeo and Kim yong chol has been postponed .