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Satellite Images Suggest North Korea Is Up To Something Once Again

02 August 2018

In the post-summit atmosphere, North Korea has received a much higher level of recognition than in the past, and even if North Korea makes no moves to fulfill the vaguely worded agreement signed in Singapore, it seems unlikely that the United States will be able to muster a continued, universal blockade of North Korean trade.

A special ceremony was held at Osan Airbase in South Korea to mark the return.

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.

A cut-off of oil and fuel would require enforcement primarily by China, which supplies most of North Korea's energy needs, but also by Russian Federation, which delivers some oil to Pyongyang.

Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned 208 containers to the US with remains.

"What's more, a liquid-fuelled ICBM doesn't pose nearly the threat that a solid-fuelled one would because they take so long to fuel, and that's something we almost certainly could see in time to abort a launch, given our assets in the vicinity".

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which keeps a record of missing American soldiers, announced Elmore's identification on July 3.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week that the return of the 55 boxes was a positive step but not a guarantee that the bones are American. According to the Post, US officials suspect that North Korea's strategy is possibly to assert that they have fully denuclearized by declaring and disposing of 20 warheads while retaining dozens more.

Earlier at Osan, Dr. John Byrd, laboratory director of DPAA, confirmed that a single dog tag had been found among the remains.

Sixteen other United Nations member countries fought alongside US service members on behalf of South Korea.

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"North Korea knows that we're watching", Bennett told AFP. On Wednesday, U.S. Consul General Angela Kerwin said Wednesday that no money was paid to North Korea for the remains.

The US government has said it wants to resume field operations in North Korea to search for an estimated 5,300 Americans who "have not yet returned home". The US has tried to ban North Korea from getting any petroleum at all, but the United Nations has rejected such proposals.

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

After his summit with Kim in Singapore, Trump acknowledged that his trade disputes could discourage Chinese President Xi Jinping's cooperation, saying "the border is more open than it was when we first started".

The report casts further doubt on President Donald Trump's claims of victory last month in disarmament talks with North Korea.

Pompeo assured lawmakers that the USA was working toward finding a solution without easing its sanctions against North Korea, but also admitted during his testimony that it was "continuing to create fissile material". But many experts say those are neither irrevocable nor serious steps that could show the country is honest about denuclearization.

More than 326,000 Americans fought alongside soldiers from South Korea as part of a United Nations coalition during the war to support the South against the Communist North.

During his Senate testimony on July 25, Pompeo said that factories in North Korea "continue to produce fissile material".

According to a statement issued by the Indonesian Embassy in Pyongyang, Kim Yong-nam expressed his appreciation towards President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for Indonesia's support of peace efforts on the Korean Peninsula. Indeed, the commitments regarding its nuclear weapons program were so vague as to be nearly meaningless, in my view.

Satellite Images Suggest North Korea Is Up To Something Once Again