Trump's Boast About Getting Fallen Heroes From Korea Is Collapsing

The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur

USA spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence. 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.

The findings are the latest to suggest ongoing activity in North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities despite arms talks with the United States and a recent summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday played down the significance of the Post report.

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. "Things don't change overnight", Conway later added.

Trump last week again thanked North Korea's Kim for returning the remains.

North Korea is, however, dismantling some of its missile test sites. The newspaper suggests this is not an expansion of North Korea's nuclear program, but evidence that the country's development of advanced weapons has continued.

The Pentagon said it's "absolutely" considering sending USA personnel to North Korea to search for more missing Americans.

These are not the first reports that North Korea may be continuing its weapons programme, casting doubt on the real impact of the summit in Singapore.

North Korea also called the talks with a delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in July "regrettable", claiming the USA has undermined the spirit of the summit.

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The Sanumdong factory had produced two of North Korea's ICBMs including the Hwasong-15, which is theoretically capable of reaching the US East Coast.

More than 326,000 Americans fought alongside soldiers from South Korea as part of a United Nations coalition during the war to support the South against the Communist North.

Of the roughly 7,700 missing USA service members from the Korean War, approximately 5,300 are believed to be on North Korean soil.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed during his meeting with Trump to "work toward" the "denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

After a solemn ceremony at the US military's Osan Air Base in South Korea, 55 boxes of remains draped in the United Nations flag were taken to a USA military plane, which will then take them to a military laboratory in Hawaii for further analysis and identification.

But even if he does, Sung-Yoon Lee, a Korea expert at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, was sceptical that there would be any fresh signs of progress when it came to denuclearisation. The soldier's family had been notified, though it was not clear if his remains were among those found, Byrd said.

Sohae has been the main site for North Korea's satellite launches since 2012.

"I'm afraid that at this point, the United States, the Trump Administration is being taken for a ride", said Sen.

Besides being the US's largest trading partner, China is arguably the most important player in Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign to force Kim to give up his nuclear arsenal.

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