US has plan to dismantle NK nuclear program in year, Bolton says

North Korea Has Increased Production of Fuel for Nuclear Weapons Report

North Korea Has Increased Production of Fuel for Nuclear Weapons Report

North Korea intends to maintain some of its nuclear stockpile and production facilities while potentially concealing them from the United States, The Washington Post reported Saturday, citing U.S. officials.

Pompeo told CNN last week he would not put a timeline on negotiations with North Korea, but said the Trump administration will regularly assess the regime's seriousness about abandoning its nuclear program as the U.S. moves toward normalizing relations with Pyongyang.

Japan's Self Defense Forces on Friday dropped their programme to always deploy Aegis warships in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) that detect and intercept incoming missiles, the Asahi Shimbun reported.

Bruce Klingner, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, said, "The observed activity appears inconsistent with a North Korean intent to abandon its nuclear weapons programs.

President Trump told us 'North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, '" Murphy said.

Kim agreed to the "complete denuclearization" of North Korea at a summit with Trump in Singapore in June, but the latest activity on certain North Korean sites seems to run contrary to the Kim regime's promises of disarmament.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has acknowledged that it could take years to implement any agreement on eliminating North Korea's nuclear stockpile, a hard-won asset that North Korean leaders regard as a guarantor of their survival.

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

Trump earlier declared that "there is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", but some officials fear that Kim's latest agreement may be another set of empty promises created to secure concessions from the USA while continuing to develop nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, the North Koreans also have operated a secret underground uranium enrichment site known as Kangson, which was first reported in May by The Washington Post.

"We know exactly what the risks are - them using negotiations to drag out the length of time they have to continue their nuclear, chemical, biological weapons programs and ballistic missiles", he said.

TRUMP: I made a deal with him, I shook hands with him.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Putin on July 16, several days after he stops in Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined requests for comment. "I think it would be inappropriate and, frankly, counterproductive to achieving the end state that we're hoping to achieve".

USA intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in nuclear talks with the United States, NBC News quoted US officials as saying on Friday.

"I don't want a war with North Korea", Graham said.

Even if North Korea's promises were honest, it could take years of work, accompanied by an unprecedented agreement to grant access to outside inspectors, before United States officials could confidently say that the weapons threat has been neutralised.

On Jun 22, Trump extended sanctions against North Korea, stating in an executive order that Pyongyang's nuclear weapons "continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States".

"There is no deadline for them to eliminate their illegal capabilities, or even freeze their continued production".

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