State Dept: North Korea Has Committed to Denuclearization

24 2018 South Korean soldiers disembark from a passenger ferry at Yeonpyeong island near the 'northern limit line' sea boundary with North Korea.  To go with SKorea-NKorea-diplomacy-politics

The Washington Post first reported Monday that American intelligence agencies have obtained new imagery showing work underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang.

But Ms. Nauert dodged questions about reports that USA spy satellite photos and infrared imaging have shown recent movement of vehicles in and out of a North Korean facility that previously produced the country's first ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.

- In an emotional and solemn ceremony, the remains of dozens of presumed casualties from the Korean War were we escorted by military honor guards onto USA soil on Wednesday, 65 years after an armistice ended the conflict and weeks after President Donald Trump received a commitment from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for their return. It is unclear whether Kim will follow through on any of those promises as the country's officials have discussed plans to deceive Washington about their unclear arsenal, according to the Post.

The U.S. military believes the bones are those of U.S. servicemen and potentially servicemen from other United Nations member countries who fought alongside the U.S. on behalf of South Korea during the war.

Reports last week suggested that a separate North Korean site used to develop missile engines was dismantling its facilities. About 5,300 of that total are believed to have died on battlefields and in prison camps in what is now North Korea.

Kim "put it in black and white: the North Koreans are going to mass produce missiles and nuclear weapons".

Mr Trump has insisted that progress has been made since the meeting... "We'll see what happens".

The North Koreans provided enough specifics about where each suspected body was found that US officials have matched them to specific battles fought from 1950 to 1951, though not necessarily individuals, he said.

"It suggests that this is a process", she told Fox News of U.S. efforts to denuclearize North Korea. "But even if they are, you still have a nuclear deterrent, so it would still be a huge risk for the U.S.to try to attack".

North Korea handed over the remains in 55 boxes last week and allowed a US military transport plane to move them to the US Osan Air Base near Seoul in South Korea.

The Pentagon estimates that almost 7,700 USA troops are unaccounted for from the war; among them are 5,300 believed to have been killed north of the 38th parallel, which largely follows the boundary between North and South Korea. It has in the past two years quickly advanced its nuclear programme.

In his response, Kim Yong-nam reportedly conveyed his government's appreciation to President Jokowi on the invitation and said he would soon present it to leader Kim Jong-un.

The findings are the latest to show ongoing activity inside North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities at a time when the country's leaders are engaged in arms talks with the United States.

A cut-off of oil and fuel would require enforcement primarily by China, which supplies most of North Korea's energy needs, but also by Russian Federation, which delivers some oil to Pyongyang. -North Korean recovery efforts, termed "joint field activities", between 1996 and 2005 yielded 229 caskets of remains, of which 153 have been identified, according to the Pentagon.

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