US Intelligence: North Korea Is Continuing to Produce ICBMs
Aug 02 2018
Intelligence collected by United States 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.
US spy agencies suspect that North Korea is building new missiles in the same research facility that manufactured the country's first ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.
The Sanumdong factory produced two Hwasong-15 ICBMs, North Korea's longest-range missiles, but the USA 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.
There is no indication that North Korea is developing new technology, but if confirmed the latest intelligence would raise doubts over the broad commitment Kim Jong-un made to denuclearisation at his summit with President Trump last month.
While it has taken longer than some had hoped, a U.S. State Department official said the process had so far proceeded as expected, and the handover rekindled hopes for progress in other talks with North Korea aimed at its denuclearization.
Reuters also added that satellite imaging showed vehicles moving in and out of the facility, but not the extent of any missile construction.
However, officials did note to the Washington Post that another launch facility - the Sohae Satellite Launching Station on the West Coast - was being partially dismantled. And 38 North is also skeptical concerning reports of "secret uranium processing facilities" that have emerged over the last month.
North Korea has carried out a total of six nuclear tests, the most recent of which took place in September a year ago.
The repatriation is a breakthrough in a long-stalled USA effort to obtain war remains from North Korea.
Satellite photos suggest at least one Hwasong-15 is in production at the site, the Washington Post reported. In late June, after it had taken place, U.S. officials said North Korea appeared to have increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons.
It is unclear how the USA has already determined they are likely to be American.
As North Korea's vague, timetable-free promises to one day denuclearize the Korean peninsula have melted away, President Trump has emphasized his shrewd bargaining for the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War. The soldier's family had been notified, though it was not clear if his remains were among those found, Byrd said. "The nuclear program provides them with a deterrent in their mind against regime change by the United States".
In the past, North Korea turned over commingled remains.
"I'm afraid that at this point, the United States, the Trump Administration is being taken for a ride", said Sen.
The Pentagon said it was "absolutely" considering the possibility of sending personnel to North Korea for this objective.
During the previous ARF session hosted by the Philippines, they had no formal talks other than a minutes-long encounter.