There’s a lot … and we mean a lot … of blue checks angry at this tweet from President Donald Trump where he says a New York Times report on “North Korea developing missile bases is inaccurate” and that “we fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new”:

And do you know who agrees with the president that this report from CSIS Beyond Parallel is “nothing new”? South Korea, that’s who:

From Yonhap:

South Korea’s presidential office on Tuesday played down a new report on North Korea’s “undisclosed” missile sites, saying the state intelligence communities of South Korea and the United States earlier acquired relevant information.

Cheong Wa Dae added that it’s going too far to call the North’s continued activity a “great deception” given that it has no specific agreement to dismantle or disclose the facilities mentioned in the report issued by Beyond Parallel, a group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).


Speaking about the report, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom pointed out that the source of the analysis of the Sakkanmol base is a commercial satellite.

“The intelligence authorities of South Korea and the U.S. have far more detailed information from military satellites and are closely monitoring (it),” Kim said.

He said the facilities have nothing to do with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) or intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs).

He took issue with a related New York Times report headlined, “In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception.”

The North has not promised to shut down the base, and there has been no accord or negotiations in connection with it, he stressed.

Rather, Kim said, the existence of such a missile site shows the need for talks with North Korea to get rid of its military threats.

FWIW, here’s the actual report the NYT based its reporting on: