North Korea 'making new missiles' despite United States pledge

01 August, 2018, 15:32 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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North Korea is continuing to build new missiles, according to US officials cited by the Washington Post.

New indicators, including satellite images, show that North Korea could be in the midst of building new missiles, the Washington Post reported Monday, citing officials familiar with the intelligence.

"The main reason for us coming (to Pyongyang) is to convey an official invitation to the President of North Korea to attend the Asian Games Opening Ceremony on August 18", Maharani said in a release issued by the National Police. But his comment seemed at odds with his own secretary of state, Mike Pompeo who said any such step would have to be confirmed by worldwide inspectors and that North Korea continued to produce fuel for nuclear weapons despite Kim's pledge to denuclearize.

Trump's remark at a political rally Wednesday in Tampa, Florida, was the latest sign of friction between the United States and North Korea, as they attempt to implement on Kim's June 12 agreement to "work toward complete denuclearisation". It is unclear whether Kim will follow through on any of those promises as the country's officials have discussed plans to deceive Washington about their unclear arsenal, according to the Post. Indonesia guarantees the security of all countries' representatives and contingents, including those of North Korea. Trump declared soon after the summit that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat. At the time, he declined to say whether Pyongyang was building new missiles.

"We too remain concerned" by North Korean violations of UN-approved sanctions, the U.S. official said.

"There are chance encounters, there are sometimes planned encounters - but we're not there yet for any announcement", the official said.


"UNC never leaves troops behind, living or deceased, and will continue the mission of repatriation until every service member returns home", it added.

Joel Wit, a former State Department negotiator and founder of 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project, said it was unrealistic to expect North Korea to stop its programs "until the ink is dry on an agreement".

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.

"Before determining whether it is true or not, I realized the people of the North and South regard our talks as important", Ahn said at the start of the meeting.

The pledge to transfer war remains was seen as a goodwill gesture by Kim at the Singapore summit, and was the most concrete agreement reached by the two sides so far.

At the United Nations, the United States asked a UN sanctions committee to halt all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea after accusing Pyongyang of using illegal imports to exceed a cap on permissible deliveries. Recent photos suggested the North Koreans were in the process of dismantling a test engine stand at a satellite launching station, but various analysts warn the gesture is mostly symbolic since tests there were already complete.

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