US detects new activity at North Korea factory that built ICBMs


Asked about the report, the Pentagon declined to comment.

The remains of 55 soldiers returned by North Korea last week are likely Americans, a US official said Wednesday.

"Since these facilities are believed to have played an important role in the development of technologies for the North's intercontinental ballistic missile program", says Joseph Bermudez on the website 38 North, "these efforts represent a significant confidence-building measure on the part of North Korea".

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who's leading nuclear negotiations with North Korea, acknowledged in Senate testimony last week that North Korean factories "continue to produce fissile material" used in making nuclear weapons.

North Korea has already made two of its ICBMs at that plant.

Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, told the Washington Post that North Korea is not negotiating to give up their nuclear weapons: "What they're offering is: They keep the bomb, but they stop talking about it". Their strategy includes potentially asserting that they have fully denuclearized by declaring and disposing of 20 warheads while retaining dozens more. However, just as in the case of all the supposed chemical and biological weapons sites in Iraq, US intelligence agencies have in the past declared that certain sites within North Korea were secret nuclear facilities, when further investigation showed less threatening answers.

Vice President Mike Pence, the son of a Korean War combat veteran, is scheduled to fly to Hawaii for a ceremony, which the military calls an "honorable carry ceremony", marking the arrival of the remains on American soil at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Wednesday.

"There is no reason to doubt that they do relate to Korean War losses", Byrd added.

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Some of the cringe-worthy Kim Jong-il paintings I saw in North Korea, not unlike the adulatory Trump propaganda portraits I've seen circulating lately.

"We don't know who's in those boxes", he said.

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the commander of US Forces in Korea, spoke briefly before foreign dignitaries laid wreaths to honor those being repatriated.

The recovery efforts stalled for more than a decade because of a standoff over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and a previous USA claim that security arrangements for its personnel working in the North were insufficient. Trump's claim that "we have many others coming" was mere conjecture. "But even if they are, you still have a nuclear deterrent, so it would still be a huge risk for the try to attack".

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 Hwasong-15 is North Korea's longest-range ballistic missile, capable of carrying a large payload to likely all of the contiguous United States.

It's not clear that North Korea has moved on to a new era of being extra deceptive ... because the current levels of deceptions seem to have been serving it well.

While it has taken longer than some had hoped, a U.S. State Department official said the process had so far proceeded as expected, and the handover rekindled hopes for progress in other talks with North Korea aimed at its denuclearization.