KIM Jong-un is building a top secret base for nuclear missiles which can strike anywhere in the US, claim new reports.
Satellite images appear to show North Korea is constructing a giant storage and assembly area for its ballistic arsenal while the world is distracted by the coronavirus outbreak.
The new base – close to Pyongyang’s main airport – includes underground storage areas and buildings tall enough to house the terrifying Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile.
According to new analysis by a Washington-based think tank the massive military site is likely to be finished by the end of this year or early next year.
“While the precise function of the facility is unclear, its configuration and the size of its buildings and UGF (underground facility) indicate it can be used for the assembly of ballistic missiles from components delivered by rail from nearby factories,” said the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The report’s author Joseph Bermudez said the ‘Sil-li Ballistic Missile Support Facility’ could “accommodate all known and anticipated North Korean ballistic missiles and their . . . launchers [for] maintenance, storage of ballistic missiles and their transporters.”
It’s reported the site contains three large hangar-like buildings, one of which could accommodate the 74-foot Hwasong-15 in an upright position.
It could also store the mobile “transporter-erector-launcher” or TEL on which the nuke can be moved around the country to make it more difficult to be targeted before it is launched.
There are about 17 air defense bases and barracks within three miles of the base, – which is protected by ground-to-air missiles.
When the Hwasong-15 was test fired in November 2017, North Korean state media said it was a “new-type inter-continental ballistic rocket weaponry system capable of carrying super-heavy nuclear warhead and attacking the whole mainland of the US.”
The satellite images of the site show the buildings are connected by a wide surfaced road network which could help move large trucks and ballistic missile launchers, reports the Times.
They emerged just days after it was claimed Kim had been spotted at a fertilizer factory which some fear is a front for his weapons programme.
During 2018, North Korea and the US started a period of negotiations about Kim’s controversial nuclear ambitions which led to three separate meetings between Kim and President Trump.
Before their first summit in Singapore, he agreed to suspend nuclear and ICBM testing, a promise that he has apparently kept until now.
Those talks eventually failed due to Trump’s insistence on North Korean denuclearization and Kim’s demand for the removal of international sanctions.
At a second summit in Hanoi, the president insisted on an “all or nothing” agreement on Kim’s controversial arsenal.
He said North Korea must give up all of its nuclear arsenal and stocks of chemical and biological weapons.
However, Kim then insisted the two sides must first build up trust through a series of lesser agreements.
He offered to close his nuclear plant at Yongbyon in return for the partial removal of international sanctions, which Trump refused.