North Korea 'making new missiles' despite U.S. pledge

Hugh Fox
July 31, 2018

North Korea is likely to be a focal point during the Games as doubts emerge over Kim Jong Un's promise to work toward denuclearization made during a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore in June.

Based on this and other evidence, US officials reportedly believe that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at the factory.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also acknowledged during a Senate testimony on July 25 that North Korean factories "continue to produce fissile material" used in making nuclear weapons, although he declined to say whether Pyongyang is building new missiles. The Monterey, Calif., nonprofit group analyzed commercial photos obtained from the satellite imagery firm Planet.

Some of the cringe-worthy Kim Jong-il paintings I saw in North Korea, not unlike the adulatory Trump propaganda portraits I've seen circulating lately.

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.

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The football-field-size building surrounded by a high wall and high-rise residential towers was externally completed by 2003, according to historical satellite photos, and USA intelligence agencies believe it has been operational for at least 10 years.

Liquid-fueled ICBMs, such as the Hwasong-15, require lead-time to make ready for launch and are therefore considered less destabilizing than solid-fueled rockets, which can quickly be prepared for a first strike.

An image taken on July 7 shows a bright-red covered trailer in a loading area that appears to be identical to those vehicles the North has previously used to transport ICBMs.

U.S. spy satellites have detected renewed activity at a North Korean nuclear missile factory, according to a senior USA official.

Meanwhile, North and South Korea discussed reducing tension but didn't announce any detailed agreements after military talks on Tuesday. "Similarly, we independently found the enrichment plant at Kangson".

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But the actual details of the process, including how and when the North's nuclear programme is to be dismantled, have yet to be worked out. "Giving up the nuclear capability will violate the two fundamental centers of gravity in the North Korean regime".

North Korea is, however, dismantling some of its missile test sites.

"Major media reporting on what is alleged to be intelligence and photographic evidence that North Korea intends to deceive the United States in negotiations on denuclearization has been extraordinarily misleading", Porter wrotes. "They are negotiating for recognition of their nuclear weapons".

This indicated that there had not been a complete stop in activity during the summit talks.

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