US Spy Agencies Say North Korea Building New Missiles

North Korean waitress at a restaurant in Dandong – not one of the women who defected

The new intelligence does not suggest an expansion of North Korea's capabilities but shows that work on advanced weapons is continuing, according to the Post.

If North Korea's Kim Jong Un wants to attend the 2018 Asian Games, he need not worry, according to Indonesian envoys in Pyongyang this week.

"We remain concerned about the scale of North Korea's illicit procurement, in particular of refined petroleum products via United Nations -prohibited ship-to-ship transfers", the official said. "Things don't change overnight", Conway later added.

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.

"Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office".

Still, Joel Wit, a former State Department negotiator and founder of North Korea-watching website 38 North, said that the North's moves were, historically, par for the course. Meeting with Kim Jong-un was an interesting and very positive experience. On Tuesday, North and South Korean athletes trained together in rowing and canoeing in southern South Korea.

North Korean waitress at a restaurant in Dandong - not one of the women who defected. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem.

Despite the new evidence suggesting otherwise, Conway seemed dismissive of the news, which indicated that North Korea had resumed its nuclear program and not taken concrete steps to denuclearize, as Trump insisted they would.

The North Korean view, he says, is of "a distant future, when USA forces are completely withdrawn not necessarily from only the Korean Peninsula, but maybe from the entire East Asia, maybe from the Pacific and what about Hawaii, or what about surrender of US nukes and Russian nukes and Chinese nukes?"

Conway also slammed ex-President Obama for never meeting with Kim. Pompeo had previously included that word when stating USA policy.

Democrats were markedly less sanguine.

It is possible, the official said, that any new missiles the North is building may be for further testing of such vehicles and of more accurate guidance systems.

The Kangson facility was first publicly identified in May in a Washington Post article that cited research by nuclear weapons expert David Albright.

Seoul promptly announced their defection, but North Korea says they were abducted by South Korean agents and demands their repatriation.

Meanwhile, generals from the two Koreas have met at the border village of Panmunjom for talks about implementation of agreements on non-nuclear military issues reached at April's inter-Korean summit.

They also discussed ways to turn the skirmish-prone West Sea by ceasing firing exercises and withdrawing artillery along the shore, according to South Korea's defense ministry. It declares in its preamble that Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" - nary a word about that denuclearization being verifiable or pertaining exclusively to North Korea, as Pompeo had put it - and it goes on to state, once more, that North Korea "commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

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