North Korea 'working on new missiles'

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The intelligence finding draws a sharp contrast with Trump's proclamation after his summit meeting with Kim in Singapore that North Korea was "no longer a Nuclear Threat". North Korea has already made two of its ICBMs at that plant. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News. The daily movement of supply trucks and other vehicles, as captured by commercial satellite photos, shows that the missile facility "is not dead, by any stretch of the imagination", said Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Ever since the summit in Singapore, President Trump and his administration have touted the agreement he signed with Kim - even though it didn't spell out any kind of specific framework or plan for Korean Peninsula's disarmament.

Liquid-fueled ICBMs, such as the Hwasong-15, require lead-time to make ready for launch and are therefore considered less destabilizing than solid-fueled rockets, which can quickly be prepared for a first strike.

Her comments come after a report this week in The Washington Post that U.S. intelligence officials had discovered fresh evidence that the North was building new ICBMs.

USA spy satellites have detected renewed activity at a North Korean nuclear missile factory, according to a senior United States official.

Trump declared soon afterwards that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat.

However, while USA intelligence agencies agree that the Kangson site is used to enrich uranium, not all European intelligence officials are so sure. He declined to answer that, but he did say that North Korea continues to produce fissile material, the fuel for nuclear bombs, and that there are no US or global inspectors on the ground to see what North Korea is doing at its facilities.

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North Korea is also reportedly still secretly operating the Kangson uranium-enrichment facility. Last Tuesday, Trump said new images signaled that North Korea was beginning to dismantle "a key missile site". "That was certainly the case during the Cold War when the USA and USSR continued to build missiles and nuclear weapons even while negotiating arms reduction agreements".

The meeting, the second since June and held in the border village of Panmunjom, was a follow-up to an inter-Korean summit in April at which leaders of the two Koreas agreed to defuse tension and halt "all hostile acts".

A United States official who spoke to Reuters said one photo showed a truck and a covered trailer similar to those used to move previous North Korean ICBMs.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang, North Korea, May 9, 2018.

"Pressure on the regime is clearly being felt", Pompeo said.

North Korea is, however, dismantling some of its missile test sites. "Yes, they continue to produce fissile material".

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