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North Korea working on new missiles-US officials

According to sources, North Korea seems to be building new ballistic missiles, despite recently warming ties with the Trump Administration.

According to US officials, spy satellites spotted activity at a site that had produced ballistic missiles previously.

An official told Reuters news agency that it is unclear how much progress has been made.

After President Trump and Kim Jong-un's meeting in June, the two men decided to work towards denuclearisation. Mr Trump even said that North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat".

However, Mr Trump was criticised at home for making compromises without securing any firm commitment from Mr Kim to end the nuclear and missile programmes.

It has been rumoured for quite some time that North Korea is continuing it’s weapons programme, putting into question the impact of the summit in Singapore.

"[The facility] is not dead, by any stretch of the imagination," said Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear expert at the Middle-bury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). "We see shipping containers and vehicles coming and going. This is a facility where they build ICBMs and space-launch vehicles."

Mellisa Hanham, another North Korean expert from MIIS, 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".

This meant that there had not been a complete stop in activity during the summit talks.

Mellisa also noted that large "brightly coloured containers" also showed up in satellite imagery, saying that "containers similar to these have appeared during previous ICBM inspections by Mr Kim."

Ms Hanham added that while that experts at MIIS could not "find a way to confirm the [intelligence] leak", the information was confirmed with evidence from satellite imagery.


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