Korea Constructs New Missiles While Trump Claims Denuclearization Success

Saul Bowman
August 2, 2018

A U.S. official noted to Reuters that this recent activity suggests North Korea may be looking to improve their missiles.

During a summit with Trump in June, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to a vaguely worded pledge to "work toward" the "denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

"It's my duty to provide assurance for all countries in the world, Asia, including North Korea, that the safety in Indonesia is stable".

A senior official at South Korea's presidential office said USA and South Korean intelligence agencies are closely looking into various North Korean movements, declining specific comment.

Their schemes include potentially claiming that they have completely denuclearized by declaring and disposing of 20 warheads while keeping dozens more, the Post wrote.

The lack of info about the supposed remains of USA servicemen from the Korean War will cause the process of identification to take years, according to CNN. A US military plane made a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve the 55 cases.

Just last week, satellite images emerged that appeared to show North Korea dismantling a key Sohae satellite launching station. Some have regarded that as purely symbolic, noting it could easily be rebuilt.

Most died on the battlefield and were buried in shallow graves or in cemeteries that were meant to be temporary, but some also perished in POW camps run by North Korea or China, experts say.

Photos and infrared imaging indicate vehicles moving in and out of the facility at Sanumdong, the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the intelligence is classified. The Monterey, California, nonprofit group analyzed commercial photos obtained from the satellite imagery firm Planet.

Kim's delegation joined the North Korean delegation led by Lt. Gen. Generals from the rival Koreas met Tuesday at their shared border for talks meant to ease a decades-long military standoff, Seoul officials said. It also provides a commercial satellite image, taken on July 7, showing the factory in question.

Cutting off oil and fuel to the North would require enforcement primarily by China, which supplies most of North Korea's energy needs, but also by Russian Federation, which delivers some oil to Pyongyang.


It was not the first time US intelligence clashed with the president's optimism.

The Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the USA -led United Nations forces, including South Korea, technically still at war with the North.

The White House said it did not comment on intelligence, Reuters reported, while a senior official at South Korea's presidential office said usa and South Korean intelligence agencies are closely looking into various North Korean movements. Some European intelligence officials are not convinced that the Kangson site is used for uranium enrichment. At least one of the new missiles is another one of these.

Some of the sites around North Korea are well known, and their continued use and expansion is an obvious sign that North Korea is not yet making any serious moves to cut back production or deployment of nuclear weapons.

Joel Wit, a former State Department negotiator and founder of 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project, said it was unrealistic to expect North Korea to stop its programs "until the ink is dry on an agreement".

"Pressure on the regime is clearly being felt", Pompeo said. "But even if they are, you still have a nuclear deterrent, so it would still be a huge risk for the U.S.to try to attack". It has in the past two years quickly advanced its nuclear programme.

Why are U.S. remains in North Korea?

"I'm afraid that at this point, the United States, the Trump Administration is being taken for a ride", said Sen.

An Ik-san for the talks aimed at fleshing out the summit agreement to make joint efforts to alleviate tensions and "practically eliminate the danger of war".

"We have this backward. North Korea is not negotiating to give up their nuclear weapons", Lewis said.

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