U.S. Spy Agencies Say North Korea is Building New Missiles

U.S. Intel Reportedly Says North Korea is Building New Missiles As Trump Continues to Boast of Progress

The Washington Post reported Monday that U.S. intelligence agencies have obtained evidence indicating that North Korea is continuing to build long-range missiles.

While President Donald Trump proclaimed on Twitter in recent weeks that North Korea is "no longer a Nuclear Threat", the regime continues to construct new missiles, according to USA intelligence officials who spoke with the Washington Post.

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.

The findings are the latest to suggest activity in the North's nuclear and missile facilities despite arms negotiations with the U.S. and a recent summit between President Donald Trump and tyrant Kim Jong-un.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday played down the significance of the Post report.

The meeting also saw officials discussing matters involving relations between North and South Korea, as well as regional issues. "Things don't change overnight", Conway later added. Trump tweeted his thanks to Kim after the remains arrived in South Korea.

In late June, U.S. officials told U.S. media outlets that intelligence agencies believed North Korea had increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons and that it did not intend to fully give up its nuclear arsenal.

The Sanumdong factory had produced two of North Korea's ICBMs including the Hwasong-15, which is theoretically capable of reaching the US East Coast.

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About 7,700 US soldiers are listed as missing from the 1950-53 Korean War and about 5,300 of the remains are believed to still be in North Korea.

More than 326,000 Americans fought alongside soldiers from South Korea as part of a United Nations coalition during the war to support the South against the Communist North.

Vice President Mike Pence, whose father fought in the Korean War, was scheduled to attend an "honorable carry ceremony" at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to mark the arrival of the remains on US soil. The Diplomat earlier this month had exclusively revealed North Korea's covert uranium enrichment site of Kangson, also on the outskirts of Pyongyang.

Trump declared soon after his summit with Kim that North Korea no longer posed nuclear threats, but Pyongyang has offered no details on its plan to denuclearize and subsequent talks have not gone smoothly. Both are in line with Kim's directive during his 2018 New Year's Day address for the country's missile engineers and nuclear scientists to mass produce warheads and missiles. "The nuclear program provides them with a deterrent in their mind against regime change by the United States". It has in the past two years quickly advanced its nuclear programme.

The Games' opening ceremony is August 18, which leaves Kim, who has launched a series of diplomatic engagements in 2018, only a few weeks to decide whether to attend the event that will bring the teams of North and South Korea together.

"The Korean War fallen have never been forgotten by the United States of America", the UNC said in a statement.

But what about the pledge that Kim signed?

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