North Korea building new missiles, USA spies claim

Geneva Stokes
July 31, 2018

"Some of the cringe-worthy Kim Jong-il paintings I saw in North Korea, not unlike the adulatory Trump propaganda portraits I've seen circulating lately", he explains.

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Joel Wit, a former State Department negotiator and founder of 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project, said it was unrealistic to expect North Korea to stop its programs "until the ink is dry on an agreement".

The Sanumdong factory produced two Hwasong-15 ICBMs, North Korea's furthest-reaching missile which can fly more than 13,000km, putting the the US East Coast within its reach.

However, while US intelligence agencies agree that the Kangson site is used to enrich uranium, not all European intelligence officials are so sure.

Late last month, the Post reported that new intelligence gathered after the summit suggest North Korea's real plan was to simply lie about denuclearization and hold on to its nukes.

North Korea's intention was to deceive the U.S.by misconstruing the number of warheads as well as research facilities they have, while claiming they have fully denuclearized, the Post reported, citing intelligence.

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. The newly obtained evidence points to ongoing work on at least one Hwasong-15 at the Sanumdong plant, according to imagery collected by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in recent weeks.

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Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani visited North Korea on Tuesday to deliver a personal invitation from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to attend the Asian Games 2018 hosted by Indonesia. The photo includes a vehicle the Post says is similar to those used by North Korea to transport missiles.

"We'll see what happens, ' Conway said, borrowing one of President Trump's stock responses".

The intelligence doesn't suggest an expansion of North Korea's capabilities, but shows that work on advanced weapons is continuing, according to the Post.

"What's more, a liquid-fuelled ICBM doesn't pose nearly the threat that a solid-fuelled one would because they take so long to fuel, and that's something we almost certainly could see in time to abort a launch, given our assets in the vicinity".

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".

But the actual details of the process, including how and when the North's nuclear programme is to be dismantled, have yet to be worked out. "They are negotiating for recognition of their nuclear weapons".

North Korea has threatened to attack the USA and its allies with nuclear weapons on numerous occasions.

The U.S., he added, has "to know what they have before talking about caps and arms control".

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