Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

N Korea 'making missiles' despite U.S. thaw

Just weeks after a high-stakes summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang appears to be developing at least one or two liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles, The Washington Post reported.

An Indonesian delegation led by Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Minister Puan Maharani delivered a personal invitation to Kim during their visit to North Korea this week.

In a statement by an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman, carried by North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Pyongyang criticised Washington D.C. for "seeking unilateral and forced and "gangster-like demand for denuclearisation", Yonhap News Agency reported". "This is a facility where they build ICBMs and space-launch vehicles".

The officials who spoke to the Post said the evidence doesn't show that North Korea is growing its nuclear potential, but that it is still working on constructing modern weapons.

Instead, senior North Korean officials have discussed their intention to deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads and missiles they have, as well as the types and numbers of facilities, and to rebuff worldwide inspectors, according to intelligence gathered by USA agencies.

Following the meeting, Mr Trump said North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat".

Independent missile experts also told The Washington Post that they have found evidence that is consistent with USA agency findings and that there is ongoing activity.

"Sushi" is on the menu at a new seafood restaurant in Pyongyang, according to North Korea's state media. "That was certainly the case during the Cold War when the US and USSR continued to build missiles and nuclear weapons even while negotiating arms reduction agreements".

A bright-red covered trailer, identical to the those the country used to transport previous ICBMs, was photographed on July 7 at the facility's loading area. Last month, intelligence agencies found that North Korea had continued to produce nuclear fuel even amidst negotiations with the U.S. Experts concluded that the Kim regime is trying to "deceive" the U.S. government.

Kim Jong Un said he would work towards ending his nuclear programme but offered no details about how it would happen.

North Korea is, however, dismantling some of its missile test sites.

On Tuesday, North and South Korea held their second round of military talks since June, when the first such meeting took place at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), where the two sides pledged to halt "all hostile acts".

"I'm afraid that at this point, the United States, the Trump Administration is being taken for a ride", said Sen. "Yes, they continue to produce fissile material".

The U.S., he added, has "to know what they have before talking about caps and arms control".

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