North Korea appears to be building one or two ICBMs

01 August, 2018, 21:28 | Author: Bert Pena
  • The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur

In late June, after it had taken place, USA officials said North Korea appeared to have increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons.

Satellite photographs taken in the last month indicate that the regime may be working on one or two liquid fuel intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), officials told The Washington Post.

At the United Nations, the United States asked a UN sanctions committee to halt all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea after accusing Pyongyang of using illegal imports to exceed a cap on permissible deliveries.

A U.S. military transport aircraft on Friday flew the remains from the North Korean city of Wonsan, a first step in implementing an agreement reached at a landmark summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in June.

Kim Do-gyun, the South's chief negotiator who is in charge of North Korea policy at the Ministry of National Defense, told reporters before leaving for the DMZ that he would make efforts to craft "substantive" measures to ease tensions and build trust.

"Other than a single dog tag, the Korean People's Army did not provide further information on where they recovered the remains or any other information", the official said.

Earlier this month, media reports revealed that the North was secretly operating a suspected uranium enrichment facility, called Kangson.

It looks as if North Korea isn't turning over a new leaf after all.

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Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of the UNC and U.S. Forces Korea, and Rear Adm. Jon Kreitz, deputy director of the DPAA, will preside over a ceremony before the remains are flown to Hawaii for further analysis at the DPAA laboratory.

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who's leading nuclear negotiations with North Korea, acknowledged in Senate testimony last week that North Korean factories "continue to produce fissile material" used in making nuclear weapons.

Intelligence reports also state that North Korean officials intend to "deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads and missiles" and to also fool worldwide inspectors while hiding some of their facilities.

After racing toward his goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the continental United States, Kim said in April that he had shifted his country's focus to the economy.

This factory has already produced two of North Korea's ICBMs, including the one that could supposedly strike the US East Coast - the Hwasong-15.

The meeting, their second since last month, held in the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), was created to follow on from an inter-Korean summit in April in which the leaders of the two Koreas agreed to defuse tensions and halt "all hostile acts". "We know what they said".

"It's clear to everyone", he told Pompeo at the July 25 hearing, "that North Korea's dismantling of an outdated missile test facility, as well as a previously dismantled ICBM assembly building - which can be rebuilt within three days - are empty gestures, and not indicative that North Korea has changed its tune".

Between 1990 and 2005 229 sets of remains from the North were repatriated, but those operations were suspended when ties worsened over Pyongyang's banned nuclear weapons programme.

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