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North Korea Returns Remains of Korean War Dead to US

02 August 2018

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.

U.S. spy satellites have detected renewed activity at a North Korean nuclear missile factory, according to a senior U.S. official.

"We see them going to work, just as before", the Post quoted one USA official as saying.

As he returned from his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un last month, President Trump tweeted that "everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", as "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

The reports about new missile construction come after recent revelations about a suspected uranium enrichment facility, called Kangson, that North Korea is operating in secret. This intelligence has been backed up by satellite images that appear to show activity at a known uranium-enrichment facility. "So there will be discussions that are inclusive of North Korea".

The Sanumdong factory produced two Hwasong-15 ICBMs, North Korea's furthest-reaching missile which can fly more than 13,000km, putting the the US East Coast within its reach.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged last week that North Korea was continuing "to produce fissile material".

In late June, it was reported that USA 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.

Dr. John Byrd, director of scientific analysis for DPAA, told reporters Wednesday at Osan that the agency has completed a two-day field forensic review and determined that the remains are human and "are likely to be American remains".

They also discussed ways to turn the skirmish-prone West Sea by ceasing firing exercises and withdrawing artillery along the shore, according to South Korea's Defence Ministry.

Reports last week suggested that a separate North Korean site used to develop missile engines was dismantling its facilities.

The North Koreans provided enough information about where each body was found to allow US officials to match them to battles fought between 1950 and 1951, Byrd said.

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A senior State Department official said Tuesday that Pompeo will urge Asian countries at a meeting in Singapore this weekend to enforce United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

The United States and North Korea conducted joint searches from 1996 until 2005, when Washington halted the operations, citing concerns about the safety of its personnel as Pyongyang stepped up its nuclear program. "The U.S.is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully, this will not be necessary".

The North demonstrated sharp progress in its program previous year when it test-fired numerous missiles and conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

A cut-off of oil and fuel 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.

In his response, Kim Yong-nam reportedly conveyed his government's appreciation to President Jokowi on the invitation and said he would soon present it to leader Kim Jong-un. "North Korea is not negotiating to give up their nuclear weapons", Lewis said.

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North Korea Returns Remains of Korean War Dead to US