Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Puan delivers invitation to Kim Jong-un to attend Asian Games

Puan delivers invitation to Kim Jong-un to attend Asian Games

On Monday, a senior USA official told Reuters that us spy satellites had detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

Citing unnamed officials familiar with the intelligence, the United States daily said that newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, suggests that North Koreans were working on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong on the outskirts of Pyongyang.

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

The official did not rule out a one-on-one meeting between Pompeo and his North Korean counterpart on commitments made during the historic June 12 summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Trump administration downplayed reports Tuesday that North Korea is engaged in a flurry of new intercontinental ballistic missile activity, asserting the activity has not undermined President Trump's high-stakes diplomatic outreach to Pyongyang. "Things don't change overnight", Conway later added.

"I don't think North Korea is refusing to give dog tags when it has more but it probably doesn't have dog tags lying around", he said.

"That's why the first step the intelligence community is probably looking for is a complete declaration of nuclear and missile related facilities - to see if North Korea includes everything they already know about or suspect", he said.

Aside from the Sanumdong plant work, North Korea continues to make nuclear material at another plant, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed last week.

But Narang said the most interesting revelation was not that the North was continuing to build its nuclear forces, but rather the apparent strategy of deception. This will mark a breakthrough in a long-stalled US effort to obtain war remains from North Korea, but officials say it is unlikely to produce quick satisfaction for any of the families of the almost 7,700 USA servicemen who are still listed as missing and unaccounted for from the 1950-53 Korean War.

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Vehicles seen entering and leaving the facility on the outskirts of Pyongyang are similar to those used when the Hwasong-15, capable of reaching the United States, was last developed.

Pyongyang has said it has the remains of about 200 people believed to be USA troops who died in the Korean War.

Mr Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and agreed to a pledge to "work towards" the "denucleariasation" of the Korean Peninsula.

Efforts to recover remains in North Korea have been fraught with political and other obstacles since the war's end. Satellite images and previous reports about a secret uranium enrichment facility suggest that the North Koreans are upgrading their arsenal from a research facility located just outside of Pyongyang. At least one of the new missiles is another one of these. The soldier's family had been notified, though it was not clear if his remains were among those found, Byrd said.

The remains were then moved in gray vans to an airfield where US and South Korean soldiers loaded them one by one into two transport planes.

Ground-to-air Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) units were deployed in Shimane, Hiroshima, Ehime and Kochi prefectures and Hokkaido in 2017 in response to North Korean provocations.

The Sanum-dong site is associated with North Korea's ICBM program.

"The Korean War fallen have never been forgotten by the United States of America", the UNC said in a statement.

This is not the first sign that Trump's summit with Kim was practically meaningless.

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