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Yongnim-ŭp Missile Base

Other Name: 용림읍 미사일 기지, Yongnim-ŭp Underground Missile Base, Yongrim-ŭp Missile Base, Ryongrimup Missile Base, Ryongnim-kun Missile Base
Location: Yongnim-ŭp (용림읍), Yongnim-kun (용림군), Chagang Province (자강도), North Korea
Subordinate To: Missile Division (미사일 사단), Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (인민무력성), National Defense Commission (국방위원회)
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Unknown

Reports of missile base construction in Yongnim-kun first became public in July 1999. Considering Yongnim-kun's location, the base is almost certainly designed for the Nodong, Paektusan-1 and/or the Taepodong-2. According to a South Korea military source, construction on this base had begun by 1994. About 60 to 80% of the construction had been completed by March 2001.

Sources:
[1] Kim Do Hyŏng, "Puk Missile Palsajunbi Sokto'nŭtch'wŏ," Hankyoreh Shinmun, 8 July 1999, p. 2, in KINDS, www.kinds.or.kr;
[2] Han Kyŏng Hun, "Pukhan Missile Ŏdi'e Sumgyŏ Twŏnna/Chung Chŏpkyŏngjiyŏk Tŭng 10 Kos'e Palsagiji," Segye Ilbo, 7 August 1999, p. 5, in KINDS, www.kinds.or.kr;
[3] "Buk, Hwangbuk Tŏ'gol Tŭng 6 Kot Scud Missile Kiji Kongsa," Yonhap News Agency, 26 October 1999, www.yonhapnews.co.kr;
[4] Hwang Yang Jun, [Kundangguk] "'Puk Sagŏri 550km Missile Kiji 6 Kot Kŏnsŏlchung'," Hankook Ilbo, 27 October 1999, p. 1, in KINDS, www.kinds.or.kr;
[5] Yu Yong Wŏn, "Puk, Hubang Chihagiji 3 Kot Kŏnsŏldŭng Pimilchŭnggang Kyesok," Chosun Ilbo, 2 March 2001, www.chosun.com;
[6] "Puk Missile Chŭnggangbaech'i Chinghu Opda," Chosun Ilbo, 2 March 2001, www.chosun.com;
[7] Yu Yong Wŏn, "Nodong 1 Ho Missile Puk, 100 Yŏbal Paech'i/Mi, Shimgakhan Uryŏ P'yo'myŏng," Chosun Ilbo, 2 March 2001, p. 1, in KINDS, www.kinds.or.kr;
[8] Kim Min Sŏk, "Pukhan Missile Kiji Kyesok Chŭngsŏl," Joongang Ilbo, 6 March 2001, www.joins.com.

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