Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

North Korea reportedly building new ballistic missiles

North Korea reportedly building new ballistic missiles

In late June, it was reported that U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea had upped uranium production in recent months and that North Korean officials were seeking to deceive the USA in order to extract more concessions in talks.

The pictures show that at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs are being worked on.

At the United Nations, the United States asked a UN sanctions committee to halt all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea after accusing Pyongyang of using illegal imports to exceed a cap on permissible deliveries.

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.

If the reported North Korean nuclear activity seems inconsistent with what went down at the meeting in Indonesia, it's because Trump oversold the progress he made there.

A United States official noted to Reuters that this recent activity suggests North Korea may be looking to improve their missiles.

Observers also said that the agenda could include the issue of fostering peace around the Northern Limit Line, a de facto maritime border, and a joint project to excavate remains of troops who were killed during the 1950-53 Korean War and left in the DMZ.

North Korea may want to use the remains' return to keep diplomacy with the United States alive and win a reciprocal US concession.

The last time North Korea turned over American remains was in 2007.

Critics say Trump and Kim's agreement fell woefully short on specifics when it comes to Pyongyang's nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles, but Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have preached patience.

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The foreign ministers from all nations involved in stalled "six-party" negotiations with North Korea aimed at reining in Pyongyang's nuclear programme will be at the gathering: the US, China, Russia, Japan and South Korea.

Honor guards carry the remains of USA servicemen killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea, during a ceremony at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Wednesday.

"There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

The repatriation is a breakthrough in a long-stalled USA effort to obtain war remains from North Korea.

In a joint declaration after the June 12 summit, the North Korean leader "reaffirmed his commitment" to work towards the "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

During his Senate testimony on July 25, Pompeo said that factories in North Korea "continue to produce fissile material".

A US military plane made a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve the 55 cases. It had been used to assemble space launch vehicles and develop and test liquid-fuel rocket engines.

A U.S. official said Washington was "concerned" by North Korean violations of UN-approved sanctions, including illegal shipments of oil by sea.

After racing toward his goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the continental United States, Kim said in April that he had shifted his country's focus to the economy. Indeed, the commitments regarding its nuclear weapons program were so vague as to be nearly meaningless, in my view.

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