Geumcheon-ri / Kumchon-ni - Missile Facility
The Center for Strategic and International Studies reported on 06 September 2019 details about the Geumcheon-ri ballistic missile operations facility, one of an estimated 20 undeclared missile facilities in the North. The Kumchon-ni missile operating base is located within North Korea’s tactical missile belt, in Anbyon-gun (Anbyon County), Kangwon-do Kangwon Province), 75 kilometers north of the DMZ. The report claims the facility stores short-range missiles capable of hitting anywhere on the South Korean mainland, and medium-range missiles capable of reaching Japan. This operating base is located 165 kilometers northeast of Seoul. CSIS said the facilities would need to be subject to declaration, verification and dismantlement in any deal involving the North's final fully verifiable denuclearization.
This site in North Korea ahould not be confused with the South Korean Geumcheon District, one of the 25 gu of Seoul, South Korea. It was created from southern parts of Guro-gu and tiny sections from Gwangmyeong in 1995. And there are at leas five other such placenames in the South.
Joseph Bermudez and Victor Cha reported "Located 1,100 kilometers west of Tokyo and 165 kilometers northeast of Seoul the Kumchon-ni undeclared ballistic missile operating base houses a battalion- or regiment-sized unit equipped with Hwasong-9 (Scud-ER) medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBM)."
In an interview with the New York Times, Vipin Narang, a political-science professor at M.I.T. who studies North Korean weaponry advances say Kim is exploiting loopholes in his agreements with Trump. He added that North Korea's latest mobile-launched missiles move fast, fly very low, and it's only a matter of time before those technologies are transferred to longer-range missiles.
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