US Believes North Korea Still Building Missiles

A satellite image shows the Sanumdong missile production site in North Korea

Kim Jon Un

US intelligence officials, citing newly obtained evidence, have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile, and instead is considering ways to hide the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities, according to USA officials.

United States spy agencies have detected signs of North Korea building new intercontinental ballistic missiles at a plant near Pyongyang, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The Sanumdong factory produced two Hwasong-15 ICBMs, North Korea's longest-range missiles, but the U.S. official noted that Pyongyang still had not tested a reliable re-entry vehicle capable of surviving a high-velocity trip through the Earth's atmosphere and delivering a nuclear warhead.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during their first meeting at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island, in Singapore, June 12, 2018.

"This is a continued partnership that President Trump and Chairman Kim have made", she said, referring to the deal the two leaders struck as part of their recent meeting in Singapore.

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In addition to USA agencies, independent missile experts also reported observing activity consistent with missile construction at the Sanumdong factory, such as the daily movement of supply trucks and other vehicles.

The regime has continued to assemble intercontinental ballistic missiles at a plant near Pyongyang, The Washington Post reported Monday, citing people familiar with United States intelligence. "This is a facility where they build ICBMs and space-launch vehicles".

More than 400 caskets of remains found in North Korea were returned to the United States between the 1990s and 2005, with the bodies of some 330 other Americans also accounted for, according to the DPAA.

Between 1990 and 2005, 229 sets of remains were returned to the USA, but co-operation halted as relations deteriorated alongside the development of North Korea's nuclear programme.

North Korea has carried out a total of six nuclear tests, the most recent of which took place in September previous year. However, while US intelligence agencies agree that the Kangson site is used to enrich uranium, not all European intelligence officials are so sure.

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Visitor numbers had quadrupled in the first five months of 2018 compared the same period a year ago , he said. Three more, from Switzerland, the Netherlands and France, were injured - one of them also had a stab wound.

"North Korea doesn't recognise exactly where that sea border should be and it's hoped that they can have some agreement to prevent further clashes in the future", he said. Experts say the North likely wants a declaration of the end of the Korean War as part of US security assurances.

"Pressure on the regime is clearly being felt", Pompeo said. This will mark a breakthrough in a long-stalled USA effort to obtain war remains from North Korea, but officials say it is unlikely to produce quick satisfaction for any of the families of the almost 7,700 US servicemen who are still listed as missing and unaccounted for from the 1950-53 Korean War.

The remains were then moved in gray vans to an airfield where USA and South Korean soldiers loaded them one by one into two transport planes. It has in the past two years quickly advanced its nuclear programme.

The Sanum-dong site is associated with North Korea's ICBM program. He brushed aside suggestions that the administration had been deceived by Kim.

This is not the first sign that Trump's summit with Kim was practically meaningless.

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