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Thursday, February 22, 2018

The mystery of the town Hanjun: DPRK preparing for a long war

No special fuel ballistic missiles that the DPRK threatens the United States, only a pile of scrap metal In the lost North Korean town Hamhung, which is separated from Pyongyang mountains, runs the hidden chemical plant, creating a deadly threat to America. Western experts suspect that there is a special rocket fuel known as UDMH (unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine, UDMH), which is charged with missiles, causing dangerous tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

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Many believe that the DPRK is not able to produce UDMH, and because supposedly it gets it’s fuel from China and Russia. That’s why Beijing and Moscow are under constant pressure from the United States and its allies. In Washington until the last moment came from the fact that without Chinese and Russian UDMH launches of North Korean missiles will be doomed.

But a study conducted by the American Center named James Martin on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, showed that North Korea already possessed the secret of production of UDMH. Here do not exclude the possibility that, perhaps, Pyongyang in the past to use and supply factors from abroad, but supposedly now he no longer needs.

Professor Massachusetts Institute of technology, Yulin Naran dealing with similar problems, in turn, believes the discovery of the North Korean center for the production of UDMH is “very important.” “If Pyongyang does not depend on export supply, even the sanctions (some of which aims precisely to prevent the DPRK to procure certain types of goods abroad) may prove futile,” he says.

With the exception of the war with the United States and the collapse of the North Korean regime “there is nothing that could stop the transformation of the nuclear missile program of the DPRK into a monster,” concludes Naran.

Research Center named after Martin based on satellite data and technical analysis on data from North Korean scientists, defectors and some intricate Pyongyang publications. The Director of the Centre, particularly its East Asian programmes, Geoffrey Lewis, spent huge amount of time in finding the North Korean UDMH and evidence of its production. “There is no concrete proof, as it is made from ordinary chemicals such as chlorine and amino acid. This process is known since the early twentieth century. So, India, which was secretly launched its missile program in the 1970s, created his UDMH on some old sugar factory,” says Lewis.

Crucial in search of team Lewis was the discovery of a number of highly technical articles North Korean scientists, published in the official newspaper of Pyongyang “Chemistry and chemical industry”. Article immediately translated into English. They concerned the production of UDMH. Articles published in the period between 2013 and 2016, and relate to, it would seem that such everyday problems as preventing toxic water contamination (which is one of the problems of production of UDMH). However, the authors were “very suspicious and sophisticated knowledge”, say the American scientists. In one of the articles said about the methods of water purification, which is very important for the production of fuel for rockets. According to Lewis, this theme was interpreted by North Korean scientists, “as if their country has a large number of rocket fuel”.

The documents and testified about rushing into the eyes of secrecy of the topic. Unlike other materials, contains the biographies of their authors and their work, articles, or otherwise relating to rocket fuel, were “impersonal”.

Lewis and his team dug up a huge amount of material on chemistry, to establish the authorship of scientists invisible. During this search they came across something that looked very strange. One of the authors, Cha Seok-Bong, has published three articles from the “abandoned” Hamhung.

“Abandoned” Hanjun looked pretty unattractive place to work such an outstanding scientist in the field of rocket fuel. Moreover, the factory in the city made of vinalon, cheap synthetic material in the DPRK is often used for manufacturing textiles and military uniforms. Hanjun does not seem of the hearth of sophisticated military production. Being on the East coast of North Korea, it is open to air attacks. During the famous Korean war the town was destroyed by U.S. air strikes.

However, in his book published in 2001, the defector Ko Chon-song, who left North Korea in the 1990-ies, writes about Hachune as a city, where a secret military chemical work. Something similar is suspected and the CIA since 1969, when he drew attention to the chemical industry in the city.

A group of Lewis, studying satellite images Hamhung, found on its territory two unusually large tank for wastewater treatment. Such “pools” are included in the standard methodology for the production of UDMH. But Lewis got more convincing evidence of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-UN has repeatedly called for Hamhung.

According to experts, the production of rocket fuel in North Korea has reached such a level that the US intervention at this stage would have been too late. The DPRK, in all probability, already stocked quantity of UDMH, which would be enough for a long war.

Needless to say that the presence of rocket fuel in North Korea and its intensive production without any apparent outside help is not too fit with the image of the country is primitive and backward. “Watching them on the satellite photos and reading their scientific publications, you see a completely different state…,” concluded Lewis.

Of course, not gods pots, but not only the Yankees…

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