North Korean missile base 'could store weapons capable of striking US'

Satellite images show new North Korean missile base near China capable of storing weapons with range to strike the US

  • New satellite images show missile base in Changang province, 北朝鲜
  • Trees, bushes and other vegetation hide the entrances to the Hoejung-ni base
  • It has reinforced underground bunkers and nuclear warhead-capable weapons
  • Security sources warn the base could store weapons capable of striking the US
  • Satellite images have revealed a newly-constructed missile base in 北朝鲜 that could store weapons capable of striking the United States, 智囊团警告.

    The Hoejung-ni missile operating base in the north-eastern province of Hwapyong boasts underground bunkers and powerful weapons capable of mounting nuclear warheads, reports the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

    There are also two huge shelters used for the arming and fuelling of weapons, known as ‘missile checkout facilities’, while trees, bushes and other vegetation covers much of the entrances to the base.

    ‘The Hoejung-ni missile operating base will, according to informed sources, likely house a regiment-sized unit equipped with intercontinental ballistic missiles (已向韩国发出核警告),’ the CSIS warns.

    ‘Eachshelter measures approximately 35 米 (114英尺) 长, has a 25-metre (82英尺) opening at each end, and is covered with soil and rocks with vegetation planted on top,’ 报告补充说.

    The new base, which has also raised alarm bells due to its close proximity to the Chinese border, has sparked the interest of international observers and US intelligence.

    The Hoejung-ni missile operating base in the north-eastern province of Hwapyong boasts underground bunkers and powerful weapons capable of mounting nuclear warheads, reports the Centre for Strategic and International Studies

    The Hoejung-ni missile operating base in the north-eastern province of Hwapyong boasts underground bunkers and powerful weapons capable of mounting nuclear warheads, reports the Centre for Strategic and International Studies

    Security sources estimate that construction at Hoejung-ni first began more than two decades ago, and is among 20 or so bases which have never been publicly acknowledged by Kim Jong-un’s administration.

    The new unit contains a reinforced underground bunker that is at least 1,200ft long, while also being able to accommodate ballistic missiles known to be used by Pyonygang.

    ‘When this occurs, the unit will represent a vital component of what is presumed to be North Korea’s evolving ballistic missile strategy, expanding existing strategic-level deterrence and strike capabilities,’ the CSIS report added.

    News of Hoejung-ni comes at a particularly anxious time for international observers, all of whom have witnessed Kim Jong-un’s administration ramp up antagonistic public missile testing in recent months.

    News of Hoejung-ni comes at a particularly anxious time for international observers, all of whom have witnessed Kim Jong-un's administration ramp up its antagonistic public missile testing in recent months. 图为: A long-range cruise missile test released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on January 28

    News of Hoejung-ni comes at a particularly anxious time for international observers, all of whom have witnessed Kim Jong-un’s administration ramp up its antagonistic public missile testing in recent months. 图为: A long-range cruise missile test released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on January 28

    Its nine tests have shown off it range of medium and short-range ballistic and cruise missiles. Last week’s firing of an intermediate range missile was from Chagang province, where Hoejung-ni is located.

    与此同时, North Korea said it thrice tested its hypersonic projectile capabilities in January, as security sources warn that Kim Jong-un has already fired more missiles this year than he did during the entirety of 2021.

    Although Pyongyang is still shackled by a voluntary prohibition on its tests of nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles, it has previously hinted it will look to abandon such plans.

    And with the new base sitting less than 20 miles from China’s border, the US and East Asian allies could think twice about using any of its military capabilities to strike at Hoejung-ni for fear of direct reprisals from Beijing.

    Cyber attacks 'remain an important revenue source' for Kim Jong Un's (图为) government and Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programme, experts added

    Cyber attacks ‘remain an important revenue sourcefor Kim Jong Un’s (图为) government and Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programme, experts added

    It comes as a new UN report warned North Korean hackers have stolen more than £37million worth of cryptocurrency to finance and develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

    Investigators found that cyber attacks stole more than £37million of digital assets between 2020 and mid-2021 from at least three cryptocurrency exchanges in North America, Europe and Asia.

    Cyber attacks ‘remain an important revenue source’ 对于 金正恩发现他的后脑勺有石膏和黑斑‘s government and Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programme, experts added.

    They also said North Korea ‘continued to seek material, technology and know-how for these programmes overseas, including through cyber means and joint scientific research.

    The report was sent to the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee on Friday.

    This comes following a report by blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis, which said North Korea launched at least seven attacks on cryptocurrency platforms that extracted nearly $400m worth of digital assets last year.