North Korea is working on new missiles

Thursday, 02 Aug, 2018

Only one military dog tag allegedly was provided to USA officials last week when North Korea handed over 55 boxes of what it said were the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

A new report indicates that North Korea is building new possible intercontinental ballistic missiles despite Kim Jong Un's denuclearization agreement from his summit with President Donald Trump.

It's not clear that North Korea has moved on to a new era of being extra deceptive ... because the current levels of deceptions seem to have been serving it well. "Things don't change overnight", Conway later added.

North Korean Lieutenant General An Ik San shakes hands with South Korean Major General Kim Do-gyun during a meeting at the Peace House of the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, July 31, 2018.

The website 38 North, dedicated to looking at security policy issues concerning North Korea, did note a positive step last week when satellite imagery indicated that North Korea had begun dismantling some structures at the Sohae satellite launching station, the site from which North Korea has previously launched satellites as well as conducted engine tests for ICBMs.

While the intelligence reported on Monday does not suggest an expansion of North Korea's capabilities it shows work on advanced weapons is still ongoing, the Washington Post said.

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

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The finding also follows congressional testimony by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week acknowledging that North Korea also continued to "produce fissile material".

The Sanumdong factory produced two Hwasong-15 ICBMs, North Korea's longest-range missiles, but the United States 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.

Trump declared soon after his summit with Kim that North Korea no longer posed nuclear threats, but Pyongyang has offered no details on its plan to denuclearize and subsequent talks have not gone smoothly.

United Nations and USA military personnel take part in a repatriation ceremony for the remains of suspected Korean War troops at the Osan air base in South Korea, Aug. 1, 2018. Trump later suspended annual military drills with South Korea which North Korea had long called an invasion rehearsal. The remains will be analyzed in Hawaii to determine whether they are those of USA service members missing since the Korean War.

But even if he does, Sung-Yoon Lee, a Korea expert at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, was sceptical that there would be any fresh signs of progress when it came to denuclearisation. But there is a broad consensus among USA intelligence agencies that Kangson is one of at least two secret enrichment plants. "The nuclear program provides them with a deterrent in their mind against regime change by the United States".

Foreign-policy experts have remained skeptical about North Korea's intentions, given its history on withdrawing from prior agreements.

"The Korean War fallen have never been forgotten by the United States of America", the UNC said in a statement.