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.”
The sites are in largely remote, mountainous areas in the country. While North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump have held a summit in June that included discussions of denuclearization, negotiations between the countries seem to have stalled in recent weeks.