Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

North Korea is working on new missiles

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Jay Anderson | 02 August, 2018, 07:39

Top North Korean officials have discussed the country's intention to deceive the US about the number of nuclear warheads in its possession, including a strategy to potentially declare they have denuclearized after disposing of 20 weapons while retaining dozens more, according to a report by The Washington Post.

A solemn ceremony was held at Osan U.S. Air Base Wednesday evening, . commemorating the return of 55 sets of remains believed to be American troops killed during the Korean War.

In North Korea, officials have previously said they have the remains of as many as 200 USA service members. "Other U.S. service members were captured and placed in prisoner-of-war camps, where many succumbed to starvation, exposure, and torture".

North Korea may want to use the remains' return to keep diplomacy with the United States alive and win a reciprocal U.S. concession. "We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back", boasted Donald Trump earlier this summer.

"There's no reason at this point to doubt that they do relate to Korean War losses", said John Byrd, a forensic anthropologist working for the Hawaii-based agency in charge of identifying the remains. Experts say the North likely wants a declaration of the end of the Korean War as part of United States security assurances. "The anti-north sanctions are an unreasonable step taken by the USA and other hostile forces for the mere reason that the DPRK conducted self-defensive nuclear tests and ballistic rocket fires to defend peace and security from the aggression and war threat by outsiders", it argued.

The DPAA Laboratory at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, is the first US stop for the recently returned remains.

North Korea "is in the room as a member of the ASEAN regional forum among these 27 countries, so there will be discussions that are inclusive of North Korea", a senior State Department official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea unilaterally handed over 208 caskets to the USA, which turned out to contain remains of far more than 208 individuals, although forensics specialists thus far have established 181 identities.

The meeting also saw officials discussing matters involving relations between North and South Korea, as well as regional issues.




Administration officials insisted Tuesday that progress is being made on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's pledge to surrender his nuclear and missile programs, even as a high-level meeting between North and South military leaders on Tuesday failed to make progress on formally ending the decades-old frozen war between the two.

"It suggests that this is a process", she told Fox News of U.S. efforts to denuclearize North Korea.

United Nations Command honor guards inspect caskets containing the remains of USA soldiers who were killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea before a repatriation ceremony at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.

The US has repeatedly rejected global calls for sanctions relief on North Korea.

On Monday, the Washington Post newspaper quoted officials as saying North Korea appeared to be building one or two new liquid-fuelled intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at the Sanumdong facility near the capital, Pyongyang. Indeed, the commitments regarding its nuclear weapons program were so vague as to be nearly meaningless, in my view.

The Hawaii-based DPAA laboratory will go over the remains for accurate identification.

"I don't think North Korea is refusing to give dog tags when it has more but it probably doesn't have dog tags lying around", he said. North Korea has nearly certainly not sent back anything close to 200 bodies.

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