Department of Defense Begins Identifying Remains Returned From North Korea

02 August, 2018, 04:43 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Trump administration: North Korea missile moves don't undermine peace push

U.S. spy agencies suspect that North Korea is building new missiles in the same research facility that manufactured the country's ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to a recent report by The Washington Post, which cited officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to describe classified intelligence.

Satellite photographs taken in the last month indicate that the regime may be working on one or two liquid fuel intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), officials told The Washington Post.

Since late last month, a series of U.S. intelligence reports indicating that the North is increasing the production of enriched uranium, a key component for nuclear weapons, have been leaked to the USA media.

The two discussed various bilateral issues, officials said, but neither Beijing, which supported North Korea in the war, nor Seoul confirmed whether they discussed a declaration ending the war.

Last week Pyongyang returned 55 cases of remains from the 1950-53 Korean War, in line with an agreement between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their summit in Singapore in June.

The Pentagon estimates that almost 7,700 USA troops are unaccounted for from the war; among them are 5,300 believed to have been killed north of the 38th parallel, which largely follows the boundary between North and South Korea.

Historical satellite photos show that the facility was externally complete by 2003.

Satellite images showed continued activity at North Korean nuclear and missile sites.

This factory has already produced two of North Korea's ICBMs, including the one that could supposedly strike the US East Coast - the Hwasong-15.


North Korean Lieutenant General An Ik San shakes hands with South Korean Major General Kim Do-gyun during a meeting at the Peace House of the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, July 31, 2018.

Gail Embery first found out when she was about 10 years old that her father, Sergeant Coleman Edwards, had gone missing in Korea.

North Korea halted nuclear and missile tests, shut down its nuclear testing site and began dismantling facilities at its rocket launch site. US intelligence agencies believe that it has been operational for at least a decade.

North Korea analyst Robert Kelly with Pusan National University in South Korea said the limited gains made at the military talks reflect the tough and prolonged negotiation process ahead to move North Korea beyond confidence building measures and to make real concessions to downsize its military forces at the border.

After racing toward his goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the continental United States, Kim said in April that he had shifted his country's focus to the economy.

Besides being the US's largest trading partner, China is arguably the most important player in Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign to force Kim to give up his nuclear arsenal.

North and South Korea are among the 45 countries participating in this year's Asian Games.

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 Korean recovery efforts, termed "joint field activities", between 1996 and 2005 yielded 229 caskets of remains, of which 153 have been identified, according to the Pentagon.

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