Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Details released for North Korean remains repatriation ceremony at Hickam

Details released for North Korean remains repatriation ceremony at Hickam

The Washington Post reported Monday that us intelligence agencies have obtained evidence that indicates North Korea is building new long-range missiles despite ongoing disarmament talks with the United States.

Top North Korean officials have discussed the country's intention to deceive the USA about the number of nuclear warheads in its possession, including a strategy to potentially declare they have denuclearized after disposing of 20 weapons while retaining dozens more, according to a report by The Washington Post. An Ik San, said the talks were "productive" and that he also believes many pending military issues can be resolved. Solid-fueled missiles can be very quickly launched giving the U.S. very limited warning The National Security Council declined to comment when reached by CNN.

North Korea is reportedly continuing to build missiles at a research facility despite its leader's pledge to work toward "peace and prosperity" on the Korean Peninsula, The Washington Post reported on Monday night.

Dozens of American and South Korean soldiers, as well as United Nations officials from countries that fought in the Korean War, conducted a commemorative ceremony on Wednesday before the remains were flown to Hawaii, Reuters reported.

The transfer begins to fulfill an agreement made last month between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump during their historic meeting in Singapore in June. The soldier's family had been notified, though it was not clear if his remains were among those found, Byrd said.

But the actual details of the process, including how and when the North's nuclear program is to be dismantled, have yet to be worked out. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

USA intelligence officials familiar Pyongyang's operations say that new evidence, including recent satellite photos, suggest the regime is producing at least one liquid-fueled ICBM at a research facility.

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The Trump administration, as part of the Singapore agreement, is pursuing discussions with North Korea on resuming those "field activities", for which past administrations have paid millions of dollars in donated vehicles, equipment, food and cash at the request of the North Koreans.

At the United Nations, the United States asked a UN sanctions committee to halt all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea after accusing Pyongyang of using illegal imports to exceed a cap on permissible deliveries. The intelligence community has publicly stated that it has seen signs of continued activity, including at fuel plants.

The reported new missile construction follows Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's testimony last week in which he told senators Pyongyang continues to make nuclear fissile material, without indicating whether North Korea was building new missiles.

"We have not been taken for a ride", Pompeo added.

Two Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft will be back to back outside Hangar 19 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Wednesday for the repatriation to American soil of remains turned over by North Korea, an official said. "We'll see what happens". We have not seen the removal of fuel rods.

"We don't know who's in those boxes", Mattis said last week, noting Australia and other countries also are missing troops.

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