Pence leads service marking arrival of presumed Korean War dead

On Monday, a senior U.S. official told Reuters that USA spy satellites had detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US.

Instead, 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 USA agencies.

Kim "put it in black and white: the North Koreans are going to mass produce missiles and nuclear weapons".

"But we do know they are heroes, all", Pence said.

More than 50 boxes handed over by North Korea to the United States last week appear to hold human remains from the 1950-1953 Korean War and are likely American, according to an initial forensic analysis, a US official said on Wednesday.

North and South Korea are likely to be a focal point of the Games, particularly amid recent doubts over Kim's promise to work towards denuclearisation made during a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore in June.

Narang said the aim of such a strategy would be to obtain sanctions relief, while still retaining a deterrent - what he called "the best of all worlds for North Korea".

Historical satellite photos show that the facility was externally complete by 2003.

It's not clear that North Korea has moved on to a new era of being extra deceptive ... because the current levels of deceptions seem to have been serving it well.

This factory has already produced two of North Korea's ICBMs, including the one that could supposedly strike the US East Coast - the Hwasong-15.


Trump's remark at a political rally Wednesday in Tampa, Florida, was the latest sign of friction between the USA and North Korea, as they attempt to implement on Kim's June 12 agreement to "work toward complete denuclearisation".

"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", he explains. The images, first reported by the online publication the Diplomat, depict a football-field-size building surrounded by a high wall, in North Korea's Chollima-guyok district, southwest of the capital.

North and South Korea discussed reducing tension but didn't announce any detailed agreements after military talks on Tuesday, while the United States detected renewed activity at a North Korean missile factory, casting more suspicion over the North's intentions.

On Wednesday, U.S. Consul General Angela Kerwin said Wednesday that no money was paid to North Korea for the remains.

US officials have for years warned that Pyongyang was developing nuclear warheads small enough to fit atop an ICBM capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Besides being the US's largest trading partner, China is arguably the most important player in Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign to force Kim to give up his nuclear arsenal.

But the actual details of the process, including how and when the North's nuclear program is to be dismantled, have yet to be worked out. The source previously told CNN that if a peace treaty to replace the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War did not ensure the survival of the current North Korean regime, it could be the end of denuclearization talks.

Asked whether Pompeo would have a bilateral meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho in Singapore, a senior State Department official told reporters, "The DPRK is in the room as a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum among these 27 countries".

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.

Around 500 officials from the United Nations Command (UNC), the United States and South Korea attended a formal repatriation ceremony at the airbase Wednesday.

  • Tracy Klein