US Officials: North Korea Continuing Ballistic Missile Production

On July 30, U.S. officials familiar with intelligence on North Korea told multiple media outlets that production of at least one Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is underway at the Sanumdong missile factory. The project appears to have begun after President Trump and Chairman Kim met on June 12 in Singapore to discuss denuclearization. The facility, located approximately 13 km north of Pyongyang, produced North Korea’s first ICBM capable of reaching the United States in 2017. Satellite imagery and infrared data shows traffic of vehicles and containers associated with past ICBM development entering and exiting the facility consistent with production of at as many as two nuclear-armed ICBMs. This follows Senate testimony by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week that North Korea has continued production of fissile material at its Kangson facility.