North Korea Is Building New Missiles

USA spy satellites have detected renewed activity at a North Korean nuclear missile factory, according to a senior United States official. Today, the Washington Post showed it takes only a single unnamed United States official who claims to be "familiar with the intelligence".

On Monday, the Washington Post newspaper quoted officials as saying North Korea appeared to be building one or two new liquid-fuelled intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at the Sanumdong facility near the capital, Pyongyang.

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.

Kim pledged to embark on a path to denuclearisation following a historical meeting with US President Donald Trump during a summit in Singapore in June 2018.

In late June, US officials told US 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.

Officials familiar with the capabilities of the Hermit Kingdom said USA spy agencies were seeing signs of construction at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang.

Vipin Narang, a North Korea expert and professor of worldwide relations at MIT, noted that this was also clear from the Kim-Trump summit. He declared that North Korea is "no longer a nuclear threat".

"President Trump remains upbeat about the prospects for North Korean denuclearization". There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.

The football-field-size building surrounded by a high wall and high-rise residential towers was externally completed by 2003, according to historical satellite photos, and USA intelligence agencies believe it has been operational for at least 10 years.

The unified teams will mark the first time the two Koreas compete together in the Asian Games.

In recent months, USA agencies have raised their estimates of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal. Liquid fueling can also take a fairly long time to complete, giving United States spy satellites a period of time to see launch preparations underway.

"We will be in some of the same meetings as North Korean officials".

Reports last week suggested that a separate North Korean site used to develop missile engines was dismantling its facilities.

Sohae has been the main site for North Korea's satellite launches since 2012. It also provides a commercial satellite image, taken on July 7, showing the factory in question.

Space launch vehicles were assembled at the shelter - which hadn't been moved since December 2017 - before they are moved to the launchpad, according to 38North analyst Joseph Bermudez Jr. "But even if they are, you still have a nuclear deterrent, so it would still be a huge risk for the U.S.to try to attack".

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