North Korea Still Making Missiles, Despite Trump's Claims

Minnie Murray
July 31, 2018

Many experts cautioned that the situation was still extremely unsafe, as Kim only signed a vague mutual commitment to denuclearize the Korean peninsula - a promise North Korean leaders have made and broken multiple times.

US spy agencies have recently seen satellite photo evidence that North Korea is building at least two intercontinental ballistic missiles at the factory where it created its first missile that it said could reach the United States.

That was the case with U.S. negotiations with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and more recently with Iran, "which continued to build more centrifuges capable of producing nuclear material even as it negotiated with the United States to limit those capabilities", Wit said.

While the intelligence does not suggest an expansion of North Korea's capabilities, the findings are the latest to show ongoing activity inside its nuclear and missile facilities at a time when the country's leaders are engaged in arms talks with the United States. That's less than a month after President Trump's summit meeting with leader Kim Jong Un, and Mr. Trump's tweet declaring that North Korea was "no longer" a nuclear threat. While Kim has unilaterally agreed to stop testing nuclear bombs and ICBMs, and demolished some related facilities, he has made no commitments to stop expanding the arsenal the regime spent decades building.

The Sanumdong site is "active", according to Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at CNS.

However, in an article published on 38 North last week, author Gareth Porter took the media to task for its reporting on North Korea's moves toward denuclearization highlighting disagreement within the intelligence community and inside the Trump administration.

"We'll see what happens, ' Conway said, borrowing one of President Trump's stock responses".

USA spy agencies have detected signs of North Korea building new intercontinental ballistic missiles at a plant near Pyongyang, the Washington Post reported Monday.

A bright-red covered trailer, identical to the those the country used to transport previous ICBMs, was photographed on July 7 at the facility's loading area.

An official told the Reuters news agency that a liquid-fuelled ICBM didn't "pose almost the threat that a solid-fuelled one would because they take so long to fuel". "This is a facility where they build ICBMs and space-launch vehicles". It has in the past two years quickly advanced its nuclear programme.

Meanwhile, North and South Korea discussed reducing tension but didn't announce any detailed agreements after military talks on Tuesday. "Fissile Material" is uranium or plutonium that can be used to produce the nuclear fission reaction necessary for nuclear weapons.

Sohae has been the main site for North Korea's satellite launches since 2012.

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