North Korea building new missiles, USA spies claim

North Korea building new missiles, USA spies claim

North Korea building new missiles, USA spies claim

USA spy agencies say new satellite images indicate that North Korea is making missiles at the same factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

Intelligence reports also state that North Korean officials intend to "deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads and missiles" and to also fool worldwide inspectors while hiding some of their facilities.

Vipin Narang, a North Korea expert and professor of worldwide relations at MIT, noted that this was also clear from the Kim-Trump summit.

The bones' return was part of an agreement reached during a June summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday played down the significance of the Post report.

It looks as if North Korea isn't turning over a new leaf after all. "Things don't change overnight", Conway later added.

While it has taken longer than some had hoped, a U.S. State Department official said the process had so far proceeded as expected, and the handover rekindled hopes for progress in other talks with North Korea aimed at its denuclearization. "New images just today show that North Korea has begun the process of dismantling a key missile site, and we appreciate that", Trump said, an apparent reference to images of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station published Monday by the prominent monitoring group 38 North.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week that North Korea was continuing to produce fuel for nuclear bombs despite its pledge to denuclearise.

Pompeo said there was "an bad long way to go" before North Korea could no longer be viewed as a nuclear threat.


Since the Singapore summit, independent researchers and USA intelligence reports published by news organisations have suggested that North Korea is still expanding its weapons programme.

From there, the remains will be taken to a laboratory in Hawaii for possible identification, with the goal of matching them with any of the 7,697 USA personnel who remain are unaccounted for after the Korean War.

Lewis's group also published images of a large industrial facility that some USA intelligence analysts believe to be the Kangson uranium enrichment plant.

A USA military aircraft left North Korea last week carrying 55 boxes handed over by Kim Jong Un's regime that are believed to contain the remains of US service members. Trump later suspended annual military drills with South Korea which North Korea had long called an invasion rehearsal.

Pompeo assured lawmakers that the United States was working toward finding a solution without easing its sanctions against North Korea, but also admitted during his testimony that it was "continuing to create fissile material". But there is a broad consensus among US intelligence agencies that Kangson is one of at least two secret enrichment plants.

"Pressure on the regime is clearly being felt", Pompeo said.

The Games' opening ceremony is August 18, which leaves Kim, who has launched a series of diplomatic engagements in 2018, only a few weeks to decide whether to attend the event that will bring the teams of North and South Korea together.

The Trump-Kim summit yielded a joint statement, but no binding deal.

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