Report reveals undeclared North Korean missile base headquarters

Hugh Fox
January 23, 2019

In the "historic results of President Donald Trump's first two years in office", issued by the White House on Sunday, the U.S. administration said he brought the beginning of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula by holding a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, referring to their meeting in Singapore last June.

That announcement coincided with the visit to Washington of former North Korean spy chief Kim Yong Chol and hinted at movement in a denuclearisation effort that has stalled since a landmark first meeting between Trump and the North Korean leader previous year.

Mr Kim Yong Chol also met with Friday with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.

The subsequent Trump-Kim Singapore summit might have led Kim to believe that his strategy of upping the nuclear response could solve all his problems by tying denuclearization with prior conditions.

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Though Trump boldly tweeted after the Singapore summit that North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat", his agreement at that meeting failed to establish a schedule for future action or even guarantee that North Korea would denuclearise. It provides consular services for the United States.

Meanwhile, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said that U.S. will be asking North Korea to "take concrete steps to begin to make real the denuclearization that Kim Jong-un committed to" during the second summit.

Moon noted peace with North Korea is "more urgent to us than any other country in the world" and urged bipartisan support from South Koreans for diplomatic outreach to Pyongyang.

"The North Koreans are not going to negotiate over things they don't disclose", Victor Cha, one of the authors of the report, said, according to NBC News.

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Kenji Kanasugi, director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, visited the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm on Monday to meet Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea. "Looking forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at end of February!" he wrote. "Again, a little bit more progress".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Current and former officials at the Central Intelligence Agency confirmed to the Journal a channel existed between the two countries' intelligence agencies, and the CIA conducted two missions to Pyongyang in 2012, one by then-deputy director Michael Morell and one by his successor, Avril Haines.

Kim Joon-rak, a spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the South Korean and United States militaries had been monitoring Sino-ri and other undeclared missile bases. Before Friday, the two sides had gone three months without a high-level meeting and key details - including where and when to hold the summit - must still be worked out. The White House appears to be still committed to the objective of final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.

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