North Korea is constructing a giant storage and assembly area for its nuclear ballistic missiles

North Korea is constructing a giant storage and assembly area for its nuclear ballistic missiles, according to an analysis of new satellite photographs, as it consolidates its weapons of mass destruction following the failure of talks between Kim Jong-un and President Trump.

The new base close to Pyongyang’s main airport includes underground storage areas and buildings tall enough to accommodate the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which has the potential to strike North American cities with nuclear warheads. According to the analysis by a US think tank, it is likely to be finished late this year or early in 2021.

The hospital where Hammar was treated for chest pains has since re-tested samples and found the fishmonger was positive for the virus on December 27. It is not known where he caught the virus, although his wife works close to Charles de Gaulle airport.

A number of French athletes who were at the World Military Games from October 18 to 27 have since described coming down with severe flu-like symptoms while at the event.

He’s an academic researcher. He doesn’t make decisions. He’s not paid for any of this. We are being drawn into a political situation which is very unpleasant.

Senior advisers to the White House on dealing with the pandemic, Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx, will continue to hold their positions on the coronavirus task force, Trump has said.

“I had a mask on for a period of time. …. We were far away from people,” the president told reporters. “I did put a mask on” but not for “too long,” Mr Trump added before saying he wore one “backstage.”

But, speaking of masks and other protective equipment, one of Mr Trump’s invited guests to sign a proclamation honouring nurses, contradicted his contention that hospitals have the gear they need to keep medical professionals have what they need.

“If we join our forces and skills together, we can all win against coronavirus.”

Researchers injected mice with a cloned genetic code, and say they are encouraged by the results.