North Korea appears to be building new ballistic missiles

There was activity at the Sanumdong site before President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, during which the two leaders discussed the future of the latter's nuclear weapons program.

Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence.

Unidentified officials said USA spy agencies were seeing signs of construction at a large research facility in Sanumdong, suggesting ongoing activity in North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities.

United States spy satellites have detected renewed activity at a North Korean nuclear missile factory, according to a senior United States official.

While North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did follow through with one agreement he made with Trump - to return the remains of USA soldiers who were killed in the Korean War - the secret construction of additional weapons is just the latest indication that Trump may have determined his success in denuclearizing North Korea too soon.

Pompeo said last week that North Korea was continuing to produce fuel for nuclear bombs.

Government officials believe North Korea is continuing to manufacture missiles in a facility near its capital of Pyongyang.

"We see them going to work, just as before", one official told the Post. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

North Korea appears to be building new ballistic missiles despite recent warming ties with the Trump administration, media reports say.

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Liquid-fueled ICBMs, such as the Hwasong-15, require lead-time to make ready for launch and are therefore considered less destabilizing than solid-fueled rockets, which can quickly be prepared for a first strike.

At the Singapore summit in June, Kim agreed in a vaguely worded joint statement to "work toward" the "denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

The images were taken between July 20 and July 22, and show North Korea has indeed started to dismantle key facilities at the satellite launch station, a move analysts said represents "an important first step towards fulfilling a commitment" made by Kim during his summit with Trump.

Ahn Ik-san, the general leading the North Korean delegation at the military talks, noted South Korean news reports suggesting that he might try to persuade the South to push for a joint declaration with the United States to formally end the war.

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"Similarly, we independently found the enrichment plant at Kangson".

The North Koreans "never agreed to give up their nuclear program", said Ken Gause, a North Korea expert at the Center for Naval Analysis.

Relations between the USA and North Korea appeared cordial recently, after Kim sent the remains of USA troops who died during the Korean War.

North Korea has not conducted any nuclear tests since September 3, 2017.

Fissile material refers to either uranium highly enriched in the uranium-235 isotope or plutonium-239, both of which are suitable for use in nuclear weapons.

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