Namp'o Unidentified Missile-Related Factory

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Last Updated: April 1, 2003
Other Name: 남포미확인미사일관련공장
Location: Kangsŏ-kuyŏk (강서구역), Namp'o (남포시), North Korea
Subordinate To: Second Economic Committee (제2경제위원회), National Defense Commission (국방위원회)
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An unidentified number of North Korean defectors have testified that there is a missile production facility in Kangsŏ-kuyŏk, Namp'o. Namp'o has a large industrial sector that includes machinery and metal industries, so these claims are plausible, but the role of any missile-related facility in Namp'o is uncertain. Eya Osamu, a Japanese journalist, quotes a North Korean defector "Lee Yong Shik" (pseudonym) as saying there is a "missile assembly plant in Kiyang-dong (岐陽洞), Kangsŏ-kuyŏk, Namp'o." It is unclear whether the "missile-assembly plant" and the "missile-production factory" are identical or separate facilities. Another North Korean defector, An Yŏng Ch'ŏl, claims that all missiles developed indigenously are shipped to a facility in Namp'o to "install electronic-related equipment." The meaning of the statement is unclear, as it would be unusual to transport a missile over any significant distance simply to add electronic equipment. Moreover, it is unclear what type of electronic equipment would be added to a system after production.

Sources:
[1] Interview with South Korean Ministry of Unification official by Mari Sudo, research associate, Center for Nonproliferation Studies (via e-mail), 1 February 2002.
[2] Interview with Osamu Eya by Mari Sudo, research associate, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Tokyo, 9 October 2002.
[3] "Pukhan'ŭi Missile Kaebal Kunsa," Tongil News, 27 February 2001, www.tongilnews.com.
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[5] Choi Ho Yŏn, "Puk'e Missile Kongjang 4 Kot Isang Itta," Kyunghyang Shinmun, 26 March 1999, p. 5, in KINDS, www.kinds.or.kr.
[6] Joseph S. Burmudez, Jr., The Armed Forces of North Korea, (New York: I.B. Tauris, 2001), p. 286.
[7] Korea Trade – Investment Promotion Agency, "Pukhan Kyŏngje Chŏngbo," www.kotra.or.kr.
[8] Kim In Ku, "Namp'oshi (Tallajin Pungnyŏk'gojang: 10)," Chosun Ilbo, 15 January 1996, p. 11, in KINDS, www.kinds.or.kr.
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[10] "Dappokushougun no saikoukimitsu: 'Tairyouhakaiheki • chikayousai' no zenbou," Gekkan Gendai, 1 June 2003, pp. 28-40.
[11] "DPRK: 'Ex-General' Describes Underground Military Bases to Japan Journal—GRAPHIC," Gendai (sic), 1 June 2003, pp. 28-40, FBIS Document ID: JPP 2003051400084.

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