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North Korea working on new missiles: US official

Published on : 31 July 2018, 12:25 PM
North Korea working on new missiles: US official


US Intelligence believes North Korea is building new missiles despite Korean leader Kim Jong-un shook hands with US President Donald Trump not to produce further nuclear materials.

According to recent satellite images of a factory that produced the first missile capable of reaching the United States, vehicles were moving in and out of the facility.

But, it does not establish that North Korea is producing missile. However, a US official spoke to the Washington Post newspaper where he mentioned that North Korea is presumably building one or two new liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).

Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, said, ‘The factory is not dead, by any stretch of the imagination. It’s active. We see shipping containers and vehicles coming and going. This is a facility where they build ICBMs and space-launch vehicles.’

The report on North Korea comes days after the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, admitted at a hearing in Congress that North Korea continued to produce nuclear materials.

On June 12, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un agreed on the "denuclearization" of North Korea at a historic summit in Singapore.

For some US officials and experts, it`s not surprising that North Korea continues to make weapons because, to their knowledge, Kim made no pledge on the issue at the summit with Trump.

Although both made a joint statement, the timing and manner of the process remain debatable.

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