U.S. Spy Agencies Say North Korea is Building New Missiles

The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur

Other officials and analysts said North Korea's continued work on missile technology was unsurprising as Kim made no firm promises to Mr Trump during their meeting.

What did the report say?

An official told the Reuters news agency that a liquid-fuelled ICBM didn't "pose almost the threat that a solid-fuelled one would because they take so long to fuel".

"There are chance encounters, there are sometimes planned encounters - but we're not there yet for any announcement", the official said.

Since late last month, a series of United States intelligence reports indicating that the North is increasing the production of enriched uranium, a key component for nuclear weapons, have been leaked to the USA media.

Just weeks after a high-stakes summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang appears to be developing at least one or two liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles, the Post said, citing officials familiar with the intelligence.

Photos and infrared imaging indicate vehicles moving in and out of the facility at Sanumdong, the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the intelligence is classified.

A man watches a TV screen showing what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, in November. The newly obtained evidence points to ongoing work on at least one Hwasong-15 at the Sanumdong plant, according to imagery collected by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in recent weeks.

Independent missile experts reached the same conclusions this week based on images of vehicle movements around the Sanumdong facility. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged during Senate testimony last week that North Korean factories "continue to produce fissile material" used in making nuclear weapons.

It is possible, the official said, that any new missiles the North is building may be for further testing of such vehicles and of more accurate guidance systems.

"We see them going to work, just as before", one USA official told the newspaper. Jeffrey Lewis of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies told the Post the site is "active".

US intelligence agencies in recent months increased their estimates of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal, taking into account enriched uranium from at least one secret enrichment site.

But the actual details of the process, including how and when the North's nuclear programme is to be dismantled, have yet to be worked out.

Indonesian authorities have invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games, which will run from August 18 until September 2 in Jakarta and Palembang.

The U.S., he added, has "to know what they have before talking about caps and arms control".

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