White House downplays report of North Korea building new missiles

North Korean waitress at a restaurant in Dandong – not one of the women who defected

The Washington Post is reporting that us spy agencies are seeing indications that North Korea is constructing new missiles. The officials who spoke to the Post said the evidence doesn't show that North Korea is growing its nuclear potential, but that it is still working on constructing modern weapons.

Last Friday, North Korea returned what were said to be dozens of remains of American soldiers missing from the 1950-53 Korean War, something Kim promised during his summit with Trump.

"We see them going to work, just as before", said one USA official, who, like the others, spoke on the condition of anonymity in discussing sensitive intelligence.

The findings, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicated that the work was under way at the same factory that produced the country's first large ICBM, the Hwasong-15, in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the report.

The Sanumdong factory had produced two of North Korea's ICBMs including the Hwasong-15, which is theoretically capable of reaching the US East Coast.

Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was forced to admit that North Korea was continuing to produce nuclear fissile material, though he insisted that "progress is happening".

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

Deputy National Police chief Syafruddin, among the Indonesian delegation in Pyongyang, said Indonesia guaranteed security to all countries and contingents present at the Asian Games, including the government of North Korea. The commitments it made to President Trump were too vague to preclude such activity.

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The daughter of former president Megawati Soekarnoputri, who has continued to maintain the friendship with North Korea after her father Sukarno's reign, Puan seized the opportunity to congratulate North Korea's government and its people on the 70 anniversary of the nation's founding, which falls on September 9.

The football-field-size building surrounded by a high wall and high-rise residential towers was externally completed by 2003, according to historical satellite photos, and U.S. intelligence agencies believe it has been operational for at least 10 years.

The last time United States military men or women were on the ground to teach for remains was 2005.

North Korea's President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Young Nam meets with Puan Maharani, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, in this photo released July 31, 2018 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.

The U.S. State Department has said it is committed to building a peace mechanism in place of the armistice when the North denuclearises. Liquid fueling can also take a fairly long time to complete, giving United States spy satellites a period of time to see launch preparations underway.

North Korean waitress at a restaurant in Dandong - not one of the women who defected. Trump thanked him for "fulfilling a promise" to send back USA remains and said it was a step in the right direction following their summit.

The North Koreans are publicly dismantling an engine test stand at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. Any work by North Korea on new missiles suggests an expansion of its nuclear capabilities, I would have thought.

North Korea's ability to build ICBMs, and to replace test sites that they built in the first place, are not in doubt. "North Korea is not negotiating to give up their nuclear weapons", Lewis said.

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