NORTH KOREA has built islands containing secret military facilities to launch nuclear missiles without its enemies knowledge
A total of five islands are now being used to house the facilities in the bays surrounding the city of Sohae, which is the hermit kingdom’s main missile development and testing site.
Some of the islands are natural, while others have been constructed, Damen Cook, lead research associate for geopolitical analysis group, Strategic Sentinel revealed.
Dubbed the “Sohae islands” by the group, he said the North Koreans may be using the islands as alternative launchpads as global intelligence agencies find out more and more about the main facility in Sohae.
Writing in The Diplomat, he said: “As Sohae’s target value rises, the North Korean military may be dispersing its assets into nearby facilities.
“Firing exclusively from Sohae’s resident Tongch’ang-ri Launch Facility during wartime would be a dangerously predictable, amateurish mistake.
“But constructing island launch sites would buck the common and cost-effective practice of building remote Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) pads hidden between mountains.”
He added: “These empty lots could plausibly accommodate a North Korean ballistic missile and the TEL it rode in on.
“These TELs — those vehicles so frequently touted in North Korean military parades, ballistic missiles stacked neatly on top — could disperse from their shelters and onto these various islands during times of heightened tension.”
However, he said the construction projects “could have been completed in the intervening time”.