North Korea still developing new missiles, says report

North Korea may be in the process of secretly building new intercontinental ballistic missiles even as it claims taking steps towards denuclearisation, the Washington Post says citing satellite photographs available with US intelligence agencies.

Two liquid-fuelled intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are being built at the research facility in Sanumdong in the outskirts of Pyongyang, the report said.

The first ICBMs capable of reaching targets in the US were produced at this facility.

The Post report raises doubts over Trump’s claim that production of ICBMs has been stopped after the historic Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in June.

Kim said missile and nuclear production will be stopped gradually, not immediately.

Satellite imagery from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency suggested work on at least one Hwasong-15 ICBM in progress.

In sharp contrast, workers were seen dismantling an engine test stand at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station on the west coast,

A  trailer similar to the one previously used to transport IDBSs was seen at Sanumdong facility in a video.

The White House did not comment on the report.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that North Korea was continuing to produce fuel for nuclear bombs despite its pledge to freeze production.