Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

North Korea Could Dismantle Nuclear Program within a Year

North Korea Could Dismantle Nuclear Program within a Year

The latest US intelligence assessment of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program suggests that "North Korean officials are exploring ways to deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads, and missiles and the types and numbers of facilities they have, believing that the United States is not aware of the full range of their activities", the Post reported, citing four USA officials who have seen or been briefed on the latest intelligence.

"The officials' assessments stand in stark contrast to that of US President Donald Trump, who declared following the June 12 summit with Kim that there is no longer a nuclear threat" from North Korea.

"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 programmes and ballistic missiles", he said.

Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, said he had heard from US and South Korea officials that Pompeo was expected to return to Pyongyang at the end of this week and that Sung Kim was working to prepare the way for that trip.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has attempted to walk back Trump's comments, telling a Senate panel last week that North Korea still remained a nuclear threat.

There is no love lost between President Donald Trump and mainstream USA media, which he has repeatedly called "fake news".

The report directly contradicts President Donald Trump's claim that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea". Trump touted the agreement as a significant step toward peace in the world. And it is to North Korea's advantage to dismantle very quickly.

White House national security adviser John Bolton. Japan has also suspended public evacuation drills simulating a North Korean missile attack.

Suspicions over North Korea's commitment to denuclearize has been growing as NBC News also reported over the weekend that Pyongyang has in fact recently been increasing fuel production for nuclear weapons at several hidden sites.

"Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles", the official said. The Financial Times reported that Pompeo was due to visit North Korea this week but the State Department has not confirmed any travel plans.

Trump reiterated in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he thinks Kim is serious about denuclearization. Trump had showered Kim with praises, calling him a "very talented man", and made security concessions in return for very little.

"We gave nothing", he said.

"This is why people want North Korea to declare all its facilities up front", Wit said.

Trump added, "My government will not rest until we have done everything in our power to reduce violent crime and to protect innocent life".

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