A new report indicates that North Korea is building new possible intercontinental ballistic missiles despite Kim Jong Un‘s denuclearization agreement from his summit with President Donald Trump.
The Washington Post spoke to multiple intelligence officials who have monitored “ongoing activity” recently from North Korea’s nuclear and missile testing facilities. Satellite images and previous reports about a secret uranium enrichment facility suggest that the North Koreans are upgrading their arsenal from a research facility located just outside of Pyongyang.
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. Recent photos suggested the North Koreans were in the process of dismantling a test engine stand at a satellite launching station, but various analysts warn the gesture is mostly symbolic since tests there were already complete.
Furthermore, new evidence shows ongoing construction at missile factories, including advancements on ICBMs capable of hitting the U.S. East Coast.
From the report:
Senior North Korean officials have discussed their intention to deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads and missiles they have, as well as the types and numbers of facilities, and to rebuff international inspectors, according to intelligence gathered by U.S. agencies. Their strategy includes potentially asserting that they have fully denuclearized by declaring and disposing of 20 warheads while retaining dozens more.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently travelled to Pyongyang to advance denuclearization talks, but he told the Senate testimony in a hearing last week that the North Koreans are still producing materials essential for nuclear weapon construction. As for Trump, he recently said there’s no deadline for North Korea’s denuclearization.
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