Thursday, 18 October, 2018

North Korea only returned one dog tag to identify war remains

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Glenn Montgomery | 01 August, 2018, 21:30

But based on a report in June, US intelligence officials have already cited "unequivocal evidence" that North Korea is "trying to deceive" the US with secret sites and increasing production of enriched uranium.

According to the USA official who spoke to Reuters, one photo showed a truck and covered trailer similar to those the North has used to move its ICBMs.

The Sanumdong factory produced two Hwasong-15 ICBMs, North Korea's longest-range missiles, but the U.S. official noted that Pyongyang still had not tested a reliable re-entry vehicle capable of surviving a high-velocity trip through the Earth's atmosphere and delivering a nuclear warhead.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also vowed during the June 12 summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore to work toward denuclearization, but there has not been a concrete agreement to accomplish that goal.

Sen. Markey took a dimmer view of North Korea's fulfillment of Kim's pledge made orally to Trump in Singapore.

The Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official party newspaper, yesterday accused Seoul of "wasting time" waiting for sanctions to be lifted only after denuclearization is completed, without "taking a single action" on its own.

There was only one identification "dog tag" the North Koreans included in the transfer, he said, but it's unclear whether his remains were among the 55 caskets.

Fourteen Hawaii residents who are Korean War veterans are expected to attend the ceremony, along with dozens of others from the Vietnam War and veteran organizations such as the American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Special Forces Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was forced to admit that North Korea was continuing to produce nuclear fissile material, though he insisted that "progress is happening".

They believe North Korea is building at least one of its Hwasong-15 missiles there.

North Korea has threatened to attack the US and its allies with nuclear weapons on numerous occasions.

Narang said the aim of such a strategy would be to obtain sanctions relief, while still retaining a deterrent - what he called "the best of all worlds for North Korea".

Since then, the North has made few tangible moves that would signal it intends to relinquish its nuclear weapons - with the exception of the ongoing dismantlement of the Sohae missile engine test-stand, which some experts say is both unneeded by the regime and reversible.

The Trump administration, as part of the Singapore agreement, is pursuing discussions with North Korea on resuming those "field activities", for which past administrations have paid millions of dollars in donated vehicles, equipment, food and cash at the request of the North Koreans.

But the actual details of the process, including how and when the North's nuclear program is to be dismantled, have yet to be worked out.

"We don't know who's in those boxes".

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

At the East Asia Summit ministerial, Pompeo will meet with his 17 counterparts to address the region's most critical security challenges, including the nuclear threat posed by Pyongyang, conflicts in the South China Sea, the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine state in Myanmar, and cybersecurity, among other topics. Indeed, the commitments regarding its nuclear weapons program were so vague as to be nearly meaningless, in my view.

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