N.Korea appears to be building one or two ICBMs

31 July, 2018, 23:13 | Author: Rachel Logan

The claims come just weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. president Donald Trump met in Singapore to agree on denuclearisation. Just after the summit, Trump tweeted that North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat.

In a statement by an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman, carried by North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Pyongyang criticised Washington D.C. for "seeking unilateral and forced and "gangster-like demand for denuclearisation", Yonhap News Agency reported".

It also reported that the satellite images showed vehicles moving in and out of the factory, but not any missile construction.

To show that he wasn't even "remotely kidding" about this, Chovanec proceeded to post photos he'd taken while in North Korea that depicted the late leader Kim Jong-Il walking among his people.

Space launch vehicles were assembled at the shelter - which hadn't been moved since December 2017 - before they are moved to the launchpad, according to 38North analyst Joseph Bermudez Jr.

"Jeffery Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, who was also quoted by the Post, told ABC News, "[The Washington Post] is reporting on a leak that North Korea is constructing one or two ICBMs at Sanumdong.

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Instead, the Post reported that "senior North Korean officials have discussed their intention to deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads and missiles they have, as well as the types and numbers of facilities, and to rebuff global inspectors, according to intelligence gathered by USA agencies".

Trump, who met with Kim in Singapore on June 12, declared North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat to America the next day.

The Post cites "officials familiar with the intelligence".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified last week that verifying North Korea was taking steps toward denuclearizing would "definitely take time", and declined to say publicly whether the regime was making progress on the nuclear front. In addition to obfuscating its number of nuclear warheads and missiles, USA intelligence reportedly indicated that the regime is trying to hide the type and numbers of its facilities, and prevent worldwide inspectors from taking a look at their developments.

According to the USA official who spoke to Reuters, one photo showed a truck and covered trailer similar to those the North has used to move its ICBMs.

The meeting, the second since June and held in the border village of Panmunjom, was a follow-up to an inter-Korean summit in April at which leaders of the two Koreas agreed to defuse tension and halt "all hostile acts". "We have not been taken for a ride", he said. "They are negotiating for recognition of their nuclear weapons. What they're offering is: They keep the bomb, but they stop talking about it".

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