Remains of U.S. Soldiers Returning Home From North Korea

Remains of U.S. Soldiers Returning Home From North Korea

Remains of U.S. Soldiers Returning Home From North Korea

The Washington Post reported Monday that USA intelligence agencies have obtained evidence indicating that North Korea is continuing to build long-range missiles.

USA intelligence officials familiar with Pyongyang's operations say that new evidence, including recent satellite photos, suggests that the regime is producing at least one liquid-fueled ICBM at the Sanumdong research facility, near Pyongyang.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in Singapore on June 12 and signed an agreement in which North Korea committed to "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" without specifying a timeline.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday played down the significance of the Post report.

North Korea shows off its missiles in a parade. "Things don't change overnight", Conway later added.

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.

North Korea is, however, dismantling some of its missile test sites.

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who's leading nuclear negotiations with North Korea, acknowledged in Senate testimony last week that North Korean factories "continue to produce fissile material" used in making nuclear weapons.

The two discussed various bilateral issues, officials said, but neither Beijing, which supported North Korea in the war, nor Seoul confirmed whether they discussed a declaration ending the war. The Post stressed that this does not prove that the country is expanding its nuclear program, but it does show that it has continued to work on its advanced weapons.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that the two sides had agreed to recommence field operations in North Korea to search for the missing Americans, and the Pentagon say it is considering sending personnel to North Korea for this objective.

North and South Korea are among the 45 countries participating in this year's Asian Games.

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

Cutting off oil and fuel to the North would require enforcement primarily by China, which supplies most of North Korea's energy needs, but also by Russian Federation, which delivers some oil to Pyongyang. The North Koreans collected the remains, and US investigators will have to do the examination without the forensic information they normally would have, such as the approximate place of the burial and the conditions around it.

Independent experts came to the same conclusion.

Satellite photos suggest at least one Hwasong-15 is in production at the site, the Washington Post reported.

"Pressure on the regime is clearly being felt", Pompeo said.

In that address, the North Korean leader was unequivocal about what was next, they say.

Foreign-policy experts have remained skeptical about North Korea's intentions, given its history on withdrawing from prior agreements.

"I'm afraid that at this point, the United States, the Trump Administration is being taken for a ride", said Sen.

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