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Additional satellite photos show work now underway at the Sanumdong research facility near the capital city of Pyongyang on at least one and perhaps two liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs.

That's according to a report by The Washington Post, which cited officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to describe classified intelligence. Trump asserted last week that his administration's plan to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons is "going very well".

The two discussed various bilateral issues, officials said, but neither Beijing, which supported North Korea in the war, nor Seoul confirmed whether they discussed a declaration ending the war.

News that the North Koreans are potentially developing new weapons would be a heavy blow to President Donald Trump's efforts at diplomacy with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

The Pentagon estimates that almost 7,700 USA troops are unaccounted for from the war; among them are 5,300 believed to have been killed north of the 38th parallel, which largely follows the boundary between North and South Korea. This intelligence has been backed up by satellite images that appear to show activity at a known uranium-enrichment facility. In the past, North Korea turned over commingled remains.

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Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the North is continuing to produce fissile material and declined to say publicly whether it is continuing to produce submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

While it has taken longer than some had hoped, a U.S. State Department official said the process had so far proceeded as expected, and the handover rekindled hopes for progress in other talks with North Korea aimed at its denuclearization.

It will possibly take months, if not years, to identify the remains handed over in 55 boxes.

Joint recovery operations have been off the table amid growing tensions on the peninsula and North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear arsenal and ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.

General Kim Do-gyun, the South's chief negotiator who is in charge of North Korea policy at the Ministry of Defense, said Tuesday's talks were meaningful in "creating understanding" in ways to implement the summit agreement.

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Pence on Wednesday met with Adm. Phil Davidson at the headquarters of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii.

USA officials have not said if Pompeo will meet his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong-ho, on the sidelines of the forum. "So between this and Kangson, we are seeing an expanded and improved nuclear and missile force". Speculation remains that Kim will attend the summit, marking his first visit as leader to the United States. "Giving up the nuclear capability will violate the two fundamental centers of gravity in the North Korean regime".

Cutting off oil and fuel to the North 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.

Following the summit in June, Trump had declared that Pyongyang was "no longer a Nuclear Threat", but Kim did not publicly promise to end work at the country's nuclear and missile facilities.

Between 1990 and 2005 229 sets of remains from the North were repatriated, but those operations were suspended when ties worsened over Pyongyang's banned nuclear weapons programme.

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