North Korea Believed to be Increasing Nuclear Production

by Garry Watts July 2, 2018, 2:28
North Korea Believed to be Increasing Nuclear Production

Washington has reportedly devised a programme to dismantle North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a year.

The national security adviser added that "there's nobody involved in this discussion with North Korea in the administration who is overburdened by naïveté".

Even as North Korea engages in diplomacy with the U.S. for denuclearization, U.S. intelligence officials have spotted evidence that points to the communist nation's unwillingness to fully dismantle its nuclear program while concealing key parts, the Washington Post said Sunday.

Bolton told CBS News that if Pyongyang has already made the "strategic decision" to end its weapons development program and "they're cooperative, we can move very quickly".

"It has not. Physically, we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year", Bolton said.

The Financial Times reported that Pompeo hopes to visit Pyongyang in the second week of this month. President Trump, following his historic but deal-less June 12 summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, made the dubious claim that there was "no longer a nuclear threat" from the country.

This wasn't supposed to happen after the Donald Trump-Kim summit last month in Singapore.

Bolton said Trump was not being played by Kim and was "very well aware of North Korea's patterns of behaviour over decades of negotiating with the United States".

Kim asked Xi to help ease the sanctions that have crippled North Korea's economy, and urged China to back Pyongyang in its denuclearisation talks with Washington, the report said. But North Korean officials are suggesting that they declare far fewer.

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At the same time, United States envoy Sung Kim held talks with North Korean officials on Sunday in the border village of Panmunjom within the demilitarised zone between the North and South Korea, South Korean media reported on Sunday.

At the White House, President Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters about the Maryland massacre, after leaving his helicopter and crossing the White House lawn.

Another U.S. official cautioned: "Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles". I really believe he means it.

"There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the US", the official said, according to NBC.

"I do trust him", Trump told ABC News of Kim in the hours after the Singapore summit, adding that the North Korean leader will be "de-nuking the whole place".

The findings support a new, previously undisclosed Defense Intelligence Agency estimate that North Korea is unlikely to denuclearise.

That has not stopped the self-styled anti-Trump Resistance from accusing the U.S. president of inspiring the attack, going so far as to claim he has "blood on his hands".

"If it is true that they are saying one thing and doing another, nobody should be surprised", he said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

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