Spy photos show North Korea is building new missiles

Casey GreeneAug 01, 2018

One US source said North Korea appears to be building one or two new liquid-fuelled ICBMs at the research facility on the outskirts of Pyongyang.

Additional satellite photos show work now underway at the Sanumdong research facility near the capital city of Pyongyang on at least one and perhaps two liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs. However, CNN also reported last week that, according to an official with close knowledge of North Korea's position on the matter, continued negotiations between the United States and North Korea hinge on Washington's willingness to make a "bold move" and agree to a peace treaty with Pyongyang.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets participants of the 5th National Conference of War Veterans in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 27, 2018. This was a site linked to past missiles, so naturally they concluded the factory might be building one or two new ICBMs.

While President Donald Trump proclaimed on Twitter in recent weeks that North Korea is "no longer a Nuclear Threat", the regime continues to construct new missiles, according to USA intelligence officials who spoke with the Washington Post.

But he insisted the Trump administration was still making progress in its talks with Pyongyang.

While North Korea honored its promise to return the remains of fallen US soldiers during the Korean War, there have been troubling reports that Pyongyang will never truly disarm. The commander of US Forces Korea, General Vincent Brooks, said at the recent Aspen Security Forum that North Korea's "production capability is still intact".

Around 500 officials from the United Nations Command (UNC), the United States and South Korea attended a formal repatriation ceremony at the airbase Wednesday.

That is not the case, as reports of its latest nuclear activities confirm.

Kim Jong Un said he would work towards ending his nuclear programme but offered no details about how it would happen.

South Korea's Unification Ministry has previously said it was informed from intelligence authorities that the workers came voluntarily, but Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told lawmakers last week that the ministry had not yet met the workers or verified the intelligence officials' accounts.

But Kim did not publicly promise to end work at the country's nuclear and missile facilities, instead speaking of eventual denuclearisation.

Of course, there is no direct evidence North Korea is doing this.

"That's why the first step the intelligence community is probably looking for is a complete declaration of nuclear and missile related facilities - to see if North Korea includes everything they already know about or suspect", he said. It had been used to assemble space launch vehicles and develop and test liquid-fuel rocket engines.

The United States and North Korea conducted joint searches from 1996 until 2005, when Washington halted the operations, citing concerns about the safety of its personnel as Pyongyang stepped up its nuclear program.

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