U.S. think tank identifies 13 undeclared missile bases in North Korea

U.S. think tank identifies 13 undeclared missile bases in North Korea
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A Washington-based think tank on Monday said it has identified 13 of the estimated 20 undeclared missile operating bases in North Korea, while noting the somewhat-limited capabilities of the sites.

"Missile operating bases are not launch facilities,” Joseph Bermudez wrote in a report published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “While missiles could be launched from within them in an emergency, Korean People’s Army (KPA) operational procedures call for missile launchers to disperse from the bases to pre-surveyed or semi-prepared launch sites for operations.”

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“North Korea’s decommissioning of the Sohae satellite launch facility, while gaining much media attention, obscures the military threat to U.S. forces and South Korea from this and other undeclared ballistic missile bases,” Bermudez wrote, adding that the sites appear to be "active and being reasonably well-maintained."

The sites are in largely remote, mountainous areas in the country.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE held a summit that included discussions of denuclearization, but negotiations between the countries seem to have stalled in recent weeks.

A meeting set for last week between Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump administration combining Palestinian mission, Israeli embassy next month: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race The Hill's Morning Report - Trump faces mounting challenges to emergency declaration MORE and a top North Korean official was indefinitely postponed.

"They weren't ready," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyNikki Haley slams media for Smollett coverage: 'He played them all for fools' Four names emerge for UN position: report Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN ambassador job MORE said Thursday to explain the delay.

Previous to the meeting's postponement, Pompeo said that he believed the two sides would make "real progress."

“I’m confident that we’ll advance the ball again this week when I’m in New York City,” he said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" a few days before the scheduled meeting.

Trump said last month that he expects to meet with Kim for a second summit sometime after the midterm elections.