NY-T’s Story on Secret NKorean Missile Sites is ‘Fake News’
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US President Donald Trump lashed out at The New York Times calling its report about NKorean secret missile bases “inaccurate.”
“The story in the New York Times concerning NKorea developing missile bases is inaccurate,” President Trump posted on Twitter. “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 1st to let you know if things go bad!”
The President’s remarks came more than 24 hours after the NY newspaper had published its story detailing how NKorea has been engaging in deception by offering to dismantle a launching site while it secretly makes improvements to 16 bases that would bolster launches of conventional and nuclear warheads.
The Fake NY-T’s Story
“US analysts said Monday they have located 13 secret North Korean missile development sites, underscoring the challenge that the Trump administration faces in trying to reach its promised broad arms control agreement with Pyongyang.
The Trump Administration has said it is hopeful about eventually reaching an agreement with North Korea. President Donald Trump declared after his historic Summit in June that with President Kim Jong Un there was “no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.” But a report based on satellite imagery shows the complexity posed by an extensive network of weapons facilities that the US wants to neutralize.
A report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies has identified 13 secret facilities used to produce missiles and related technology. Although the sites are not launch facilities and in some cases are rudimentary, the authors of the report say they are hidden and illustrate the scope of the North’s weapons program and the country’s determination to conceal its military might.
“The dispersed deployment of these bases and distinctive tactics employed by ballistic missile units are combined with decades of extensive camouflage, concealment and deception practices to maximize the survival of its missile units from pre-emptive strikes and during wartime operations,” they said.
The authors say the sites, which can be used for all classes of ballistic missiles, should be declared by North Korea and inspected in any credible, verifiable deal that addresses Pyongyang’s most significant threats to the United States and its allies.”
SKorea’s presidential office said the report did not include any information it did not already know. Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said continued activity at NKorean missile sites only underlines the need for nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang to proceed at a faster pace.
Mr. Kim took exception to a NY-T’s article on the report that said NKorea was engaging in “great deception,” saying that the North has never promised to dismantle a short-range ballistic missile base 84 miles northwest of Seoul that was highlighted by CSIS.
Mr. Kim said such suggestions can “trigger misunderstanding and potentially block dialogue … at a time when we need dialogue between NKorea and the United States.”