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A Korean veterans remembrance ceremony in 2017
A Korean veterans remembrance ceremony in 2017

02 August, 2018

Questions have arisen over Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearize after USA spy satellite material detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

According to the US official who spoke to Reuters, one photo showed a truck and covered trailer similar to those the North has used to move its ICBMs.

"We see them going to work, just as before", one USA official told the paper.

Asked about the report, the Pentagon declined to comment.

North and South Korea held military talks to build trust yesterday, while the U.S. detected renewed activity at a North Korean missile factory.

The Post noted that the new intelligence does not hint at an expansion of North Korea's capabilities but shows that the country is continuing to work on advanced weapons weeks after US President Donald Trump declared on Twitter that Pyongyang was "no longer a nuclear threat".

DPAA deputy director Rear Admiral Jon Kreitz said he saw the remains transfer as an important step that will lead to more recovery operations in North Korea.

Last week, it appeared North Korea had begun dismantling part of a key rocket launch site, but according to recent reports based on United States intelligence leaks, Pyongyang might still secretly be continuing its nuclear weapons programme.

"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 U.S. -led U.N. Command said in a statement.

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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. Since Trump returned from that trip to tell America to "sleep well", North Korea has expanded production of nuclear materials and improved facilities for building missiles. According to The Post, the officials said the new information reveals that work is potentially taking place on one or two liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles in Sanumdong, a suburb of Pyongyang.

Since the Singapore summit, independent researchers and U.S. intelligence reports published by news organisations have suggested that North Korea is still expanding its weapons programme.

After racing toward his goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the continental United States, Kim said in April that he had shifted his country's focus to the economy.

But some experts remain skeptical, claiming that Kim had already conveyed his true intentions during his annual New Year's speech in January.

A USA official said Washington was "concerned" by North Korean violations of UN-approved sanctions, including illegal shipments of oil by sea. Trump has since said Kim is willing to give up his nukes, but signals from the secretive nation have been mixed.

Besides reducing the amount of troops and weapons they are armed with, McBride said talks about the disputed sea border between North and South Korea could also be on the agenda. "These types of things tell us that there are steps that still must be taken on the road to denuclearization", Brooks said. "So between this and Kangson, we are seeing an expanded and improved nuclear and missile force".

The two discussed various bilateral issues, officials said, but neither Beijing, which supported North Korea in the war, nor Seoul confirmed whether they discussed a declaration ending the war. "This is a facility where they build ICBMs and space-launch vehicles". "The nuclear program provides them with a deterrent in their mind against regime change by the United States". National anthems of the United States and South Korea were played, and the caskets were given a 21-gun salute by US riflemen.

Just last week, satellite images emerged that appeared to show North Korea dismantling a key Sohae satellite launching station. Some of them, including Australia, Belgium, France and the Philippines, have yet to recover some of their war dead from North Korea.

38 North was founded by two North Korea experts from Johns Hopkins University.

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