U.S. spy agencies have found evidence that North Korea is building ballistic missiles, it was claimed last night. In addition to obfuscating its number of nuclear warheads and missiles, United States intelligence reportedly indicated that the regime is trying to hide the type and numbers of its facilities, and prevent worldwide inspectors from taking a look at their developments.
DPAA spokeswoman Kristen Duus told NPR's Ailsa Chang, "We find remains very frequently that don't always have ID tags with them".
Decades after the end of the Korean War in 1953, the remains of dozens of presumed US war dead were on their way Wednesday to Hawaii for analysis and identification.
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Instead, the Post reported that "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 global inspectors, according to intelligence gathered by US agencies".
Earlier at Osan, Dr. John Byrd, laboratory director of DPAA, confirmed that a single dog tag had been found among the remains. "Other U.S. service members were captured and placed in prisoner-of-war camps, where many succumbed to starvation, exposure, and torture".
Pence arrived with his wife in Honolulu Wednesday along with several family members of Korean War veterans. "And as I said to them, my father, anytime the war came up and anyone used the word 'hero, ' my dad would say, the heroes were the ones that didn't come home", Pence said.
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Pompeo has led talks with Pyongyang to denuclearise following a June summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.
Some of the cringe-worthy Kim Jong-il paintings I saw in North Korea, not unlike the adulatory Trump propaganda portraits I've seen circulating lately.
United Nations honor guards carry a casket containing remains transferred by North Korea onto a plane at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Wednesday.
55 caskets draped in the United Nations flag were loaded onto two U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft, which took off Wednesday evening, Korea time, . heading to Hawaii for DNA identification.
North Korea halted nuclear and missile tests, shut down its nuclear testing site and began dismantling facilities at its rocket launch site. But examination showed that the remains were from more than 208 individuals.
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.
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".
They will encourage the U.S. and Pyongyang "to continue working towards the realisation of lasting peace and stability on a denuclearised Korean Peninsula", according to a draft copy of the chairman's statement obtained by AFP.