S. Korea says it is closely watching developments on N.K. missile program

SEOUL, July 31 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is closely watching developments related to North Korea's missile program, Seoul's foreign ministry said Tuesday, following a report that the communist state appears to be building new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).

"The government is closely watching the related developments in close coordination between the South Korean and U.S. authorities," the ministry's deputy spokesman Kim Deuk-hwan said during a regular press briefing.

The spokesman, however, did not elaborate on the issue, saying, "We can't confirm that matter."

The Washington Post reported, citing unnamed officials, that newly obtained evidence, including recent satellite photos, indicates that work is under way on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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