Satellite images show North Korea is 'expanding missile factory'

Lucy Bush
July 6, 2018

A US delegation met over the weekend with North Korean counterparts at the border between North and South Korea to discuss the next steps to implementing the June 12 summit's declaration, according to the US State Department.

According to NBC, which spoke to US officials familiar with intelligence assessments of North Korean denuclearization, the Kim regime has only stopped its missile and nuclear tests.

And on Sunday, Wall Street Journal reported that it had seen satellite imagery suggesting that Pyongyang is pushing ahead with its weapons programmes.

Details were scant, but Bolton said it would see North Korea's nuclear, biological, and chemical arsenals totally wiped out, along with its entire ballistic missile program.

This must inevitably raise questions on if Bolton's comments are created to support denuclearization, or undermine it. Bolton has always been opposed to North Korea diplomacy, and made it very clear that if his one-year deadline wasn't met, it'd be proof North Korea wasn't serious about the deal.

NBC News and the Washington Post reported that North Korean attempts to hide nuclear work.

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Trump's statement reaffirmed the conversations between the USA and North Korea, "Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well!"

The findings support a new, previously undisclosed Defense Intelligence Agency estimate that North Korea is unlikely to denuclearize.

The images showed North Korea finishing construction on the exterior of the plant around the time Kim was meeting with Trump, the report said.

Mr Bolton also told CBS's "Face the Nation" that Washington was going into nuclear negotiations aware of Pyongyang's failure to live up to its promises in the past.

The factory in question produces wound-filament airframes and nozzles for engines used in solid-fuel missiles, particularly the Pukguksong series of rockets, the report said.

Zakaria's criticism was inspired by Trump's most recent comments regarding the North Koreans, in which the president claimed that without his negotiations - specifically at the US-DPRK summit in Singapore last month - America would "be at war".

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"Physically we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year", Bolton, known for his hard-line stance on the North, said.

According to Axios, which first reported the news, USA officials would only move forward with the meeting if Pyongyang provides evidence they are moving forward with denuclearization.

"We have a very good chemistry".

A second official tells CNN the Trump administration plans to present the North Koreans with a detailed list of tasks they must undertake to begin a denuclearization process.

Earlier this week, it was revealed how United States intelligence services said the North had "at least three" hidden nuclear weapons sites.

The Stanford team has proposed a 10-year roadmap, based on its belief that "North Korea will not give up its weapons and its weapons program until its security can be assured". "We aren't going to confirm or deny any intelligence reports. The weapons must be disassembled by the people who assembled them", Hecker's group said. "If they have the strategic decision already made to do that, and they're cooperative, we can move very quickly", he added.

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