Building or Not Building? That Is the Question Everybody’s Asking After Satellite Images Show North Korea Constructing New Missiles – Facts to Know

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U.S. spy agencies consider is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, Washington Post first reported.

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New signs and satellite images show that could build new missiles, the Washington Post reported Monday, citing officials familiar with the intelligence. According to The Post, the officials said the new information reveals that work is potentially taking place on one or two liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles in Sanumdong, a suburb of Pyongyang.

The factory is known to have produced the Hwasong-15, the first North Korean ICBM capable of reaching the US.

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Source: Planet Labs Inc./James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Liquid-fueled rockets are harder to store and move than solid-fuel rockets because the fuel is more volatile, according to experts. The volatility of liquid fuel can cause missiles to fail in launch and the fuel has to be stored separate from the missiles, causing a decrease in military readiness. Liquid fueling can also take a fairly long time to complete, giving US spy satellites a period of time to see launch preparations underway.

News agency Reuters says that satellite imaging showed vehicles moving in and out of the facility, but not the extent of any missile construction.

The new intelligence does not suggest an expansion of ’s capabilities but shows that work on advanced weapons is continuing weeks after President Trump declared in a Twitter posting that Pyongyang was “no longer a Nuclear Threat.”

At their landmark meeting in Singapore, Mr Trump and Mr Kim agreed to work towards the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”.

It’s been unclear what both sides mean by “complete denuclearisation”, and no further details have been released about when or how Pyongyang would renounce its nuclear weapons nor how the process would be verified.


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