United States intelligence agencies believe North Korea is assembling new intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the American mainland, according to explosive reporting by the Washington Post on Monday.
Sources familiar with the intelligence say the North Koreas are working on “at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong,” and that the missiles are a sign that Pyongyang’s pledge to “denuclearize” may have been nothing more than a ruse.
“The Sanumdong factory has produced two of North Korea’s ICBMs, including the powerful Hwasong-15, the first with a proven range that could allow it to strike the U.S. East Coast,” the Post’s report says.
The latest intelligence indicates Trump was likely used as a propaganda tool for the North Koreans, despite his tweets and affirmations of a positive relationship with Kim.
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.
“We see them going to work, just as before,” said one U.S. official.
U.S. President Donald Trump held a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore last month, where the two spoke in private and signed a non-binding letter of intent to pursue a future Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons. Since then, however, there has been little indication that Kim has ordered a scale down of his country’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.
The president was quick to praise Kim and himself in the hours after the summit. Following his return home from the meeting, Trump tweeted: “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”
Earlier this month, the president tweeted he had had “many good conversations with North Korea” and that the “fake news” was “complaining” about what was an obvious lack of effort on the part of Kim’s regime to dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Trump also said that “we would now be at war with North Korea” if it weren’t for him.
Dan Rather said “Kim Jong-Un was as convincing as Putin in his denials” about interfering in American elections, which Trump still has trouble accepting as truth.
He wasn’t alone.
“Kim Jong Un played Trump.”
“Who could have seen this coming? Almost everyone except President Trump.”
And it wasn’t just members of the media that were harshly critical of the president.
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