North Korea 'working on new missiles'

A Korean veterans remembrance ceremony in 2017

North Korea is continuing production of intercontinental-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at a known missile manufacturing site, USA officials with knowledge of the latest classified intelligence of North Korea's weapons programs confirmed to The Diplomat. 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.

"We will make our best efforts to ensure that we can craft practical measures to reduce military tensions and build trust between the two Koreas through this meeting", Major Gen. Kim Do-gyun, the chief of the five-member South Korean delegation, told reporters before departing for Panmunjom.

"Keep in mind that it's not necessarily the case that" the person identified in the dog tag will be among the remains but they're hopeful, he said.

The US government has said it wants to resume field operations in North Korea to search for an estimated 5,300 Americans who "have not yet returned home".

He called it one of the "largest unilateral turnovers" of remains ever received from North Korea.

Another North Korean expert from MIIS, Melissa Hanham, told the BBC that the facility had "regular traffic in and out of the building", adding that this "traffic pattern" on the site stayed "about the same through the Panmunjom and Singapore meetings".

North Korea previously returned the purported remains of foreign soldiers that turned out to be misidentified. The newspaper suggests this is not an expansion of North Korea's nuclear program, but evidence that the country's development of advanced weapons has continued.

North Korea entered talks with the United States and South Korea earlier this year apparently because it urgently needs to revive an economy hit hard by American-led U.N. sanctions.

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About 7,700 US soldiers are listed as missing from the Korean War, and 5,300 of the remains are believed to still be in North Korea.

I just think that we are now we are going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea, and I believe that he's going back and will start it virtually immediately, and he's already indicated that and you look at what he's done. No threats or missile tests have occurred since Trump and Kim met in June.

Analysts consider the issue to be low-hanging fruit for Pyongyang and Washington negotiators - something that both sides could easily agree to in order to establish a modicum of trust and good will as they continue to negotiate over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Indeed, North Korean military officials did not claim that every item in each box went together, he said.

North Korea handed over the remains last week.

North Korea halted nuclear and missile tests, shut down its nuclear testing site and began dismantling facilities at its rocket launch site.

The images were taken between July 20 and July 22, and show North Korea has indeed started to dismantle key facilities at the satellite launch station, a move analysts said represents "an important first step towards fulfilling a commitment" made by Kim during his summit with Trump. North Korea has steadfastly argued its nuclear weapons are meant to neutralize alleged United States plans to attack it.

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