North Korea 'possibly' building new nuclear missiles

Marsha Scott
August 1, 2018

The department left open the possibility that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could meet North Korean officials during meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc in Singapore this weekend.

"The US just came out with such unilateral, robber-like denuclearisation demands as CVID (complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement), declaration and verification that go against the spirit of the North Korean-US summit meeting", the spokesperson said.

North Korea entered talks with the United States and South Korea earlier this year apparently because it urgently needs to revive an economy hit hard by American-led U.N. sanctions.

The newly obtained evidence points to ongoing work on at least one Hwasong-15 at the Sanumdong plant, according to imagery collected by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in recent weeks.

"We see them going to work, just as before", one United States official told The Washington Post.

But at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station on North Korea's west coast, workers can be seen dismantling an engine test stand, in line with a promise made to Trump at the summit, though the move is seen as more symbolic since the facility can easily be rebuilt. This intelligence has been backed up by satellite images that appear to show activity at a known uranium-enrichment facility.

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On Friday, North Korea returned the suspected remains of more than 50 United States soldiers killed during the Korean War, taking a step in implementing the June agreement. "This is a facility where they build ICBMs and space-launch vehicles".

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

The last time U.S. military men or women were on the ground to teach for remains was 2005. And 38 North is also skeptical concerning reports of "secret uranium processing facilities" that have emerged over the last month.

First, one thing that has changed is this: in his call for "final, fully verified denuclearization", Pompeo dropped the word "irreversible" in his description of the denuclearization the USA seeks from North Korea. That could then allow the North to demand the pullout of 28,500 US troops deployed in South Korea. "So between this and Kangson, we are seeing an expanded and improved nuclear and missile force".

Observers said that the two sides could exchange views on disarming the Joint Security Area (JSA) in Panmunjom as part of efforts to transform the DMZ into a "peace zone", an issue that they discussed at last month's talks. His North Korean counterpart, Lt. Gen. He brushed aside suggestions that the administration had been deceived by Kim. The commitments it made to President Trump were too vague to preclude such activity. However, their site has also confirmed continuing improvements at both plutonium processing and solid rocket production facilities. What they're offering is: "They keep the bomb, but they stop talking about it".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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