Looks like we have another rogue state to worry about. This incredible report includes photos and even a video of the massive construction of underground tunnels in Burma, and even has photos of North Korean advisors in the country to help. The Burmese government is clearly up to something huge, and based on the now-aborted shipment of WMD-related material (some reports say the vessel contained missile parts) to Burma from the DPRK, it’s safe to say that Burma is investing heavily in WMD capabilities.
The report says there are 600-800 underground tunnels being worked on in Burma now, paid for with “billions of U.S. dollars,” with some having begun all the way back in 1996. Sounds like an intelligence failure to me, unless the Intelligence Community and policy-makers just decided to be silent on it all this time.
The government is launching an investigation into finding out how the secret project was leaked out, and is making some ridiculous claims to cover up their true intentions:
Further intelligence documents obtained by DVB show that the tunnel system is being disguised by the government as a fibre optic cable installation project.
Leaked engineering designs show, however, that some sections of the tunnels are wide enough to allow trucks to enter and leave. There is also storage space for food and weaponry, and separate rooms that would hold around 600 personnel for several months.
The documents also reveal plans to hold large rockets and satellite communication command centers inside the tunnels.
A former Burmese ambassador to North Korea who is now an activist for democracy and is opposed to the regime claims that Burma is trying to make nuclear weapons (there have been unsubstantiated reports of this in the past), and have been sending students to learn about nuclear technology in Russia.