Film ‘shows Kim building new missiles’
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Aug 02, 2018,
Aug 02, 2018, 1:58
Satellite images show that North Korea is behaving like a country working hard on its missile program, not a country preparing to disarm, the Washington Post reports, citing "officials familiar with the intelligence".
They bear not only the remains thought to be of missing servicemen from the 1950-53 Korean War, but also a message of good faith made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in June.
"We look forward to potentially pursuing [remains recovery] operations in North Korea in the future and we're very hopeful", said Rear Admiral Jon Kreitz, the deputy director of Hawaii's military laboratory.
"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 USA -led U.N. Command said in a statement.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un make history in the first sitting between U.S. and North Korean leaders, as they negotiate the end of the nuclear stand-off.
An organisation representing Dutch veterans who fought in North Korea has asked prime minister Mark Rutte to do his best to recover the bodies of five Dutch soldiers who died in the country in the 1950s.
North Korea appears to be building new ballistic missiles despite recent warming ties with the Trump administration and pledges to denuclearise, reports say.
According to the U.S. official who spoke to Reuters, one photo showed a truck and covered trailer similar to those the North has used to move its ICBMs.
On July 27, North Korea returned the remains of US soldiers killed in the Korean War (1950-1953) for the first time in 11 years, a decision warmly welcomed by Washington. Mr Trump later said North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat". Moreover, the test stand could easily be rebuilt within months.
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Independent experts came to the same conclusion. The Monterey, Calif., nonprofit group analyzed commercial photos obtained from the satellite imagery firm Planet.
Intelligence officials told the Post that trucks and shipping containers can be seen at the facility.
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. An Ik San, center, crosses to southern side for the meeting with South Korea at the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, Tuesday, July 31, 2018. How the trailer was being used at the time of the photograph is unclear. The Diplomat earlier this month had exclusively revealed North Korea's covert uranium enrichment site of Kangson, also on the outskirts of Pyongyang.
Historical satellite photos show that the facility was externally complete by 2003.
The DPAA Laboratory at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, is the first USA stop for the recently returned remains.
This factory has already produced two of North Korea's ICBMs, including the one that could supposedly strike the US East Coast - the Hwasong-15. The new USA military intelligence assessment was first reported on Monday by the Washington Post.
So we got our hostages back, but they've blown up one of their sites, one of their testing sites, their primary testing site, in fact some people say their only testing site, they are getting rid of a missile, which isn't in the document, that was done afterwards, they're getting rid of a missile testing site - they're doing so much now.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a tour of Asian capitals this week, in part to urge countries to keep the sanctions pressure on North Korea in order to push the denuclearization process along.
"Regime survival and perpetuation of Kim family rule" are Kim's guiding principles, he said. It has in the past two years quickly advanced its nuclear programme.