Korea Constructs New Missiles While Trump Claims Denuclearization Success

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un make history in the first sitting between United States and North Korean leaders, as they negotiate the end of the nuclear stand-off.

Citing unnamed officials familiar with the intelligence, the USA 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.

United States spy agencies have been seeing signs of the construction at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

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.

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

A submarine-launched ballistic missile is displayed in Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, April 15, 2018.

An unnamed spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry in a statement accused the US of unilaterally pressuring North Korea to denuclearize and "betraying the spirit" of the summit last month.

A truck and trailer similar to ones used in the past to move missiles was seen in one satellite photo, said the official. Their strategy includes potentially asserting that they have fully denuclearized by declaring and disposing of 20 warheads while retaining dozens more.

Officials on condition of anonymity told The Washington Post that North Korea was intending to deceive the U.S. by misinterpreting the number of research facilities and warheads, and claiming that their country had achieved complete denuclearisation.

According to the United States official who spoke to Reuters, one photo showed a truck and covered trailer similar to those the North has used to move its ICBMs. "This is a facility where they build ICBMs and space-launch vehicles". Pompeo said there was "an bad long way to go" before North Korea could no longer be viewed as a nuclear threat.

Following the meeting, Mr Trump said North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat".

The James Martin Center reported on July 19 it had found evidence of the Kangson facility, which was being used to enrich uranium. It has in the past two years quickly advanced its nuclear programme. "They are negotiating for recognition of their nuclear weapons".

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

This indicated that there had not been a complete stop in activity during the summit talks.

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