When Donald Trump met with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un, it was hailed as a historic event that only Trump himself could have accomplished. However, the success of that landmark meeting between the two should only be considered based on how far the North Korean leader follows through on his promises, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be following through.
The Washington Post reported Monday evening that intelligence reveals that North Korea has not stopped working on building intercontinental ballistic missiles and they are attempting to build new IBMs. They reported:
‘Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence.’
Mind you, Trump tweeted shortly after he returned from his meeting with the North Korean leader that America was safe, and he was victorious. He tweeted:
‘Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!’
Of course, this news all comes after Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted North Korea was still producing the materials that you would use to make nuclear weapons. He did not go as far as to confirm if the country was continuing to produce missiles.
Additionally, intelligence gathered also revealed officials in North Korea plan on simply giving Trump and his administration the runaround.
‘Instead, senior North Korean officials have discussed their intention to deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads and missiles they have, as well as the types and numbers of facilities, and to rebuff international inspectors, according to intelligence gathered by U.S. agencies. Their strategy includes potentially asserting that they have fully denuclearized by declaring and disposing of 20 warheads while retaining dozens more.’
The evidence gathered by intelligence agencies include evidence asserting North Korea is working on at least one Hwasong-15 ICBM at a factory in Sanumdong. According to the Washington Post, a Hwasong-15 has the capacity to reach the U.S. East Coast.
This intelligence is counter, however, to satellite images that reveal North Koreans were dismantling facilities at Sohae Satellite Launching Station. This was a promise Kim made at his meeting with Trump; however, if North Korean officials are simply going to do away with a few warheads while hiding many others, the dismantling means nothing.
‘Many analysts and independent experts, however, see that dismantling as largely symbolic, since North Korea has successfully launched ICBMs that use the kind of liquid-fueled engines tested at Sohae.’
The evidence gathered by U.S. intelligence was also confirmed by other experts. The director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Jeffrey Lewis, commented:
‘It’s active. We see shipping containers and vehicles coming and going. This is a facility where they build ICBMs and space-launch vehicles.’
Furthermore, one image showed a trailer at the facility that is identical to the ones used to move their ICBMs in the past.
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