North Korea is working on new missiles, U.S. spy agencies say

A test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang North Korea

Top North Korean officials have discussed the country's intention to deceive the USA 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.

Vice President Mike Pence accepted the remains of presumed US soldiers killed in the Korean War at a ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii Wednesday night.

Examination of dental charts and mitochondrial DNA will be key technologies used to identifying the remains, and the process may take years to complete, DoD officials said. The remains will be analyzed in Hawaii to determine whether they are those of US service members missing since the Korean War.

So North Korea pretends to give up the bomb, Trump pretends to believe it, and both sides pretend North Korea has returned American war dead, and they hope to keep it up long enough to sustain some "No-bel!" chants through Trump's reelection campaign. The remains were returned from North Korea, one of President Trump's requests.

F-16s flew in formation over the ceremony to honor the missing soldiers who fought in the Korean War, before each casket was brought in by a van - six caskets at a time.

The remains will arrive in Hawaii on Wednesday where they will undergo testing at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency laboratory. Experts say the North likely wants a declaration of the end of the Korean War as part of USA security assurances.

The repatriation is a breakthrough in a long-stalled US effort to obtain war remains from North Korea.

Pence attended a repatriation ceremony at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, where 55 caskets of presumed troop remains were unloaded from military planes and placed on stanchions at the air base.

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North Korea is continuing to build new missiles, according to USA officials cited by the Washington Post. Other U.S. service members were captured and placed in prisoner-of-war camps, where many succumbed to starvation, exposure and torture.

There have also been reports that North Korea is operating a uranium enrichment facility in secret.

"It´s a sign that they want to improve relations with us. and certainly for the families it´s significant", Joel Wit, founder of the respected 38 North organization that monitors North Korea, told AFP.

Questions have arisen over Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearize after US spy satellite material detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

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

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.

These are not the first reports that North Korea may be continuing its weapons programme, casting doubt on the real impact of the summit in Singapore.

DPAA deputy director Rear Admiral Jon Kreitz said he saw the remains transfer as an important step that will lead to more recovery operations in North Korea. The Trump administration, as part of the Singapore agreement, is pursuing discussions with North Korea on resuming those "field activities".

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