North Korea Is Building New Missiles

Glen Norman
August 1, 2018

In late June, it was reported that U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea had upped uranium production in recent months and that North Korean officials were seeking to deceive the USA in order to extract more concessions in talks.

A senior USA official told Reuters on Monday one photo showed a truck and covered trailer similar to those the North has used to move its ICBMs.

"That's why the first step the intelligence community is probably looking for is a complete declaration of nuclear and missile related facilities - to see if North Korea includes everything they already know about or suspect", he said.

The transfer begins to fulfill an agreement made last month between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump during their historic meeting in Singapore in June.

During the meeting, Maharani invited a joint North and South Korean team to take part in the Asian Games, as part of efforts to improve relations between the countries and strengthen reconciliation progress on the Korean Peninsula.

A new report suggests that North Korea has continued to build new missiles, despite ongoing talks with the Trump administration.

"The remains received from North Korea are being handled with the utmost care and respect by professional historians, forensic scientists, uniformed personnel and government officials", the U.S. -led U.N. Command said in a statement.

The United States and North Korea militaries conducted joint searches for missing servicemen from 1996 until 2005, with 400 caskets of remains handed over during this period. To which Pompeo added, "They're beginning to dismantle that, it has to do with their missile program, it's a good thing - steps forward".

Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of the UNC and U.S. Forces Korea, and Rear Adm. Jon Kreitz, deputy director of the DPAA, will preside over a ceremony before the remains are flown to Hawaii for further analysis at the DPAA laboratory.

While North Korea honored its promise to return the remains of fallen US soldiers during the Korean War, there have been troubling reports that Pyongyang will never truly disarm.

Unnamed U.S. officials tell the Post that spy satellites have detected activity at a factory outside Pyongyang that produced long-range missiles as recently as July 7.

"I don't have any announcement today but it's natural to get a lot of business done. but we are not there for any announcements", the official said. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

The US has repeatedly rejected global calls for sanctions relief on North Korea.

However, officials did note to the Washington Post that another launch facility - the Sohae Satellite Launching Station on the West Coast - was being partially dismantled. Both are in line with Kim's directive during his 2018 New Year's Day address for the country's missile engineers and nuclear scientists to mass produce warheads and missiles. The North had pursued its nuclear and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions and increasingly severe sanctions.

Kim signed an agreement to work toward denuclearization during a summit with Trump last month, and Trump spent the wake of the meeting praising the brutal regime leader's character and intelligence. Indeed, the commitments regarding its nuclear weapons program were so vague as to be nearly meaningless, in my view.

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