United States spy agencies suspect North Korea building new missiles

Posted August 01, 2018

Intelligence collected by USA agencies showed, however, that senior North Korean officials have discussed plans to deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads and missiles they possess, as well as the types and number of facilities, and to rebuff worldwide inspectors, according to the Post.

Activity seen at a factory in North Korea that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) indicates it is constructing new missiles, a US-based newspaper has reported quoting intelligence officials.

"The main reason for us coming (to Pyongyang) is to convey an official invitation to the President of North Korea to attend the Asian Games Opening Ceremony on August 18", Maharani said in a release issued by the National Police.

The transfer begins to fulfill an agreement made last month between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump during their historic meeting in Singapore in June.

Even after his summit with Kim Jong Un in June, North Korea so far hasn't offered any details on how it might denuclearize and talks afterwards haven't gone very smoothly. It is unclear whether Kim will follow through on any of those promises as the country's officials have discussed plans to deceive Washington about their unclear arsenal, according to the Post.

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At the time, he declined to say whether Pyongyang was building new missiles.

FILE - A soldier carries a casket containing a remain of a US soldier who was killed in the Korean War, during a ceremony at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, July 27, 2018. The government has said only that the UN Security Council -where China and the United States both wield vetoes - should revisit sanctions after Kim's meeting with Trump.

A nonprofit group in California called the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies recently published images of a large industrial facility that some USA intelligence analysts believe is the Kangson uranium enrichment plant.

"It suggests that this is a process", she told Fox News of USA efforts to denuclearize North Korea.

The U.S. -led United Nations Command planned a formal repatriation ceremony Wednesday at Osan, where the remains have been examined and catalogued by DPAA.

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The 12 waitresses and their manager left a North Korean state-run restaurant in China to come via Malaysia to South Korea in April 2016.

No official agreement was struck between Trump and Kim, but both sides are working on a deal.

"In Singapore I never heard the words: we will unilaterally disarm", Narang said.

Just last week, satellite images emerged that appeared to show North Korea dismantling a key Sohae satellite launching station.

Since the Singapore summit, independent researchers and U.S. intelligence reports published by news organisations have suggested that North Korea is still expanding its weapons programme.

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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.