NBC recently received confirmation from arms experts that North Korea has continued to produce both regular and ballistic missiles. This fact has been hypothesized by several news outlets due in part to leaked satellite images from North Korean agencies, yet this is the first confirmed account of the country’s continued nuclear arms program. As many believed, the outcome of the U.S.-North Korea summit was vague and enabled the latter country to not follow through with its stated commitments.

Experts have analyzed a photo taken on July 7, weeks after the summit, in which activities related to missile production can be detected. North Korea’s activities were first reported by The Washington Post. The newspaper included pictures of satellite images.

North Korea’s activities were registered at a research facility outside of Pyongyang. Previous satellite pictures showed that North Korea was still working to enrich its uranium resources. This fact was seen as odd, as the facilities were reportedly finished externally during 2003, and additions would indicate a continuation of the program.

This news comes after President Trump boldly stated on Twitter that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat to the United States. Trump’s stated this despite having no information regarding North Korea’s plan to denuclearize, which raised a great deal of skepticism regarding Trump’s claims and reliability.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was quick to clarify the president’s remarks, saying:

“I’m confident what he intended there was we did reduce the threat. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. We took the tension level down. I think his point was a fair one. For the moment, we have reduced risk.”

Pompeo previously mentioned that North Korea was still receiving the resources necessary to continue its nuclear arms production. However, Pompeo did not state if North Korea had advanced its nuclear production or not.

North Korea already has an intercontinental ballistic missile in its military arsenal, which could quickly be equipped with a miniature nuclear warhead. The missile could reportedly reach the East Coast of the United States.

 

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