Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Satellite Images Suggest North Korea Is Up To Something Once Again

U.S. Intel Reportedly Says North Korea is Building New Missiles As Trump Continues to Boast of Progress North Korea news: Kim 'making new ICBMs capable of hitting US' dealing blow to Trump | Daily Star
Glenn Montgomery | 02 August, 2018, 07:38

The Post cited "intelligence gathered by US agencies" as evidence that North Korean officials planned to try to fool the U.S.by making a show out of destroying 20 nuclear warheads while they kept dozens.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a ceremony Wednesday to mark the arrival of the remains of US servicemen from the Korean War - and joining him were two guests who lost their fathers in the war.

In North Korea, officials have previously said they have the remains of as many as 200 us service members.

The Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the USA -led United Nations forces, including South Korea, technically still at war with the North.

Still, North Korea has taken some actions since the summit, including the repatriation of dozens of sets of remains from Western soldiers killed during the Korean War.

The report casts further doubt on President Donald Trump's claims of victory last month in disarmament talks with North Korea.

F-16s flew in formation over the ceremony to honor the missing soldiers who fought in the Korean War, before each casket was brought in by a van - six caskets at a time. "Thank you to Kim Jong Un".

U.S. officials have not said if Pompeo will meet his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong-ho, on the sidelines of the forum.

Ahn Ik-san, the general leading the North Korean delegation at the military talks, noted South Korean news reports suggesting that he might try to persuade the South to push for a joint declaration with the United States to formally end the war.

"The remains received from North Korea are being handled with the utmost care and respect by professional historians, forensic scientists, uniformed personnel and government officials", the US-led UN Command said in a statement.

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

North Korea is continuing to build new missiles, according to US officials cited by the Washington Post. "We see shipping containers and vehicles coming and going".

The officials say the evidence shows that North Korea is working on at least one liquid-fueled long-range ICBM at the plant that made the country's first missile capable of reaching the US.

North Korea has provided very little information to help identify the remains, a defense official told VOA.

Troops from 16 other nations also fought alongside the Americans under a U.N. flag during the Korean War, and diplomats and officials from all those countries placed wreaths at the ceremony.

55 caskets draped in the United Nations flag were loaded onto two U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft, which took off Wednesday evening, Korea time, . heading to Hawaii for DNA identification. The Post stressed that this does not prove that the country is expanding its nuclear program, but it does show that it has continued to work on its advanced weapons.

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.

The one that went really well and totally saved the world and all that?

It wasn't the first time Trump has suggested that China was relaxing pressure on North Korea amid the simmering trade dispute.

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