Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

US Believes North Korea Still Building Missiles

US Believes North Korea Still Building Missiles

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

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 Pyongyang returned 55 cases of remains from the 1950-53 Korean War, in line with an agreement between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their summit in Singapore in June.

Kim Do-gyun, the South's chief negotiator who is in charge of North Korea policy at the Ministry of National Defense, told reporters before leaving for the DMZ that he would make efforts to craft "substantive" measures to ease tensions and build trust.

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

The lack of progress has been a source of concern for many observers, especially as worldwide sanctions are beginning to ease and news reports indicate that North Korea is continuing its nuclear and ballistic programs.

North Korea may want to use the remains' return to keep diplomacy with the United States alive and win a reciprocal USA concession. The source previously told CNN that if a peace treaty to replace the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War did not ensure the survival of the current North Korean regime, it could be the end of denuclearization talks.

More than 60 years after the last shot in the Korean War, the US military prepared to fly home Wednesday what is believed to be the remains of more than 50 servicemen after the first such handover by North Korea in more than a decade.

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In South Korea, the accounting agency would "look for any anomalies", and "then the forensics will begin when we land them in Hawaii where the laboratory is", he said. So North Korea pretends to give up the bomb, Trump pretends to believe it, and both sides pretend North Korea has returned American war dead, and they hope to keep it up long enough to sustain some "No-bel!" chants through Trump's reelection campaign. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

Angela Kerwin, the consul general US Embassy in Seoul, said no payment was made to the North Koreans for the remains.

A USA military plane made a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve the 55 cases. The North had pursued its nuclear and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions and increasingly severe sanctions.

Monday's reports about ongoing activities at Sanumdong are the latest to indicate that North Korea is still working on its nuclear and missile facilities, despite ongoing talks with the USA about disarmament.

Trump last week again thanked North Korea's Kim for returning the remains.

But Mr Trump was criticised at home for making concessions without securing any firm commitment from Mr Kim to end the nuclear and missile programmes.

Between 1990 and 2005 229 sets of remains from the North were repatriated, but those operations were suspended when ties worsened over Pyongyang's banned nuclear weapons programme.

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