North Korea is reportedly constructing new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and its missile programme is doing "business as usual", according to an official.
While President Donald Trump proclaimed on Twitter in recent weeks that North Korea is "no longer a Nuclear Threat", the regime continues to construct new missiles, according to US intelligence officials who spoke with the Washington Post. Vehicles seen entering and leaving the facility on the outskirts of Pyongyang are similar to those used when the Hwasong-15, capable of reaching the United States, was last developed.
U.S. spy agencies said new evidence, including satellite photos, have revealed the country is creating a liquid-fueled ICBM at a research facility outside Pyongyang, according to The Washington Post.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that USA intelligence agencies are seeing signs that work is under way on one or two liquid-fueled ICMBs at the Sanumdong research facility, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
"The Sanumdong factory has produced two of North Korea's ICBMs, including the powerful Hwasong-15, the first with a proven range that could allow it to strike the U.S. East Coast". No threats or missile tests have occurred since Trump and Kim met in June.
Ever since the summit in Singapore, President Trump and his administration have touted the agreement he signed with Kim - even though it didn't spell out any kind of specific framework or plan for Korean Peninsula's disarmament.
Trump declared soon afterwards that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat.
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"Major media reporting on what is alleged to be intelligence and photographic evidence that North Korea intends to deceive the United States in negotiations on denuclearization has been extraordinarily misleading", Porter wrotes.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un waves before departing Pyongyang to Singapore on June 10, 2018.
It was not the first time USA intelligence clashed with the president's optimism.
That is not the case, as reports of its latest nuclear activities confirm.
Still, Joel Wit, a former State Department negotiator and founder of North Korea-watching website 38 North, said that the North's moves were, historically, par for the course. Pyongyang has indicated its willingness to make concessions, in part by dismantling key elements of a satellite-launching station that may have played a role in its weapons program. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged during Senate testimony last week that North Korean factories "continue to produce fissile material" used in making nuclear weapons.
"Fear not, senator. Fear not", advised Pompeo. Pompeo also told the committee that moving toward concrete denuclearization is "a process", adding that it "will definitely take time". "Senator, I hope you can leave a little bit better tonight".
There have also been reports that North Korea is operating a uranium enrichment facility in secret.
"Regime survival and perpetuation of Kim family rule" are Kim's guiding principles, he said.