Presumed US war remains begin journey home from South Korea
- Author: Leroy Wright Aug 02, 2018,
Aug 02, 2018, 2:06
The officials say the evidence shows that North Korea is working on at least one liquid-fueled long-range ICBM at the plant that made the country's first missile capable of reaching the US.
According to the USA official who spoke to Reuters, one photo showed a truck and covered trailer similar to those the North has used to move its ICBMs.
Asked about the report, the Pentagon declined to comment.
USA intelligence officials, citing newly obtained evidence, have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile, and instead is considering ways to hide the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities, according to US officials.
More than 400 caskets of remains found in North Korea were returned to the United States between the 1990s and 2005, with the bodies of some 330 other Americans also accounted for, according to the DPAA.
Trump last week thanked Kim for keeping the promise he made as part of their talks about North Korea's denuclearization. It suggests North Korea is continuing to work on advanced weaponry, seeking to cement itself as a nuclear power rather than completely disarm.
North Korea's intention was to deceive the U.S.by misconstruing the number of warheads as well as research facilities they have, while claiming they have fully denuclearized, the Post reported, citing intelligence.
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.
The process of identification could take years, according to experts.
A United States 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.
Vipin Narang, a North Korea expert and professor of global relations at MIT, noted that this was also clear from the Kim-Trump summit.
U.S. officials have not said if Pompeo will meet his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong-ho, on the sidelines of the forum. The US military presence in South Korea is the backbone of its security commitment to South Korea, which doesn't' have nuclear weapons.
The repatriation is a breakthrough in a long-stalled USA effort to obtain war remains from North Korea.
An image taken on July 7 showed a bright-red covered trailer in a loading area that appears to be identical to those vehicles the country has previously used to transport ICBMs.
The remains were then moved in gray vans to an airfield where US and South Korean soldiers loaded them one by one into two transport planes. National anthems of the United States and South Korea were played, and the caskets were given a 21-gun salute by US riflemen.
A satellite image shows the Sanumdong missile production site in North Korea on July 29, 2018.
The U.S., he added, has "to know what they have before talking about caps and arms control". North Korea has nearly certainly not sent back anything close to 200 bodies.