North Korea Believed to be Increasing Nuclear Production

North Korea Believed to be Increasing Nuclear Production

North Korea Believed to be Increasing Nuclear Production

"North Korea has made no new commitments to denuclearisation, and in fact has backed away from its previous commitments", Abraham Denmark, Asia Program director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told a House committee in late June.

That from President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton on Sunday.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he plans to meet with Kim to "flesh out" details of the nuclear disarmament promise, but has insisted the North Korean leader is serious. According to some reports, Pompeo may make another visit to North Korea this week for more talks.

USA intelligence officials, citing newly obtained evidence, have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile, and instead is considering ways to hide the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities.

A team of U.S. officials led by envoy Sung Kim met with North Korean officials Sunday at Panmunjom, the border village between North and South Korea in the demilitarized zone, senior State Department officials told CNN.

"Well, what our experts have devised is a program that with North Korean cooperation, with full disclosure of all of their chemical and biological nuclear programs, ballistic missile sites".

"But there's not any. starry eyed feeling among the group doing this that we're well, well aware of what the North Koreans have done in the past", he added.

The North Koreans may have made a public show of destroying a main nuclear weapons test site before the summit and halted nuclear and missile tests, but "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production", a US official told NBC.


While North Korea made a public show in June of demolishing the country's main nuclear weapons test site, there has been little public evidence of efforts to dismantle scores of other sites linked to production of nuclear and chemical weapons and delivery systems.

"I don't think anybody ought to have a case of the vapors" about President Trump's rhetoric on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Russia, Bolton said, adding that the meeting will allow the leaders to cut through the "political noise" of alleged Russian collusion.

"At the same time, North Korea hasn't even returned the prisoner of war remains that they said they were going to return", she continued.

Trump administration officials are also less bullish than the president was.

While some have questioned the rationale for a bilateral meeting between Trump and Putin, Bolton told Fox News that the talks would "let them discuss these issues and see exactly where there might be room for progress or where they might find there's no room at all".

It's been just weeks since the Singapore summit, yet already North Korea seems to be breaking the deal.

A photo taken on May 24, 2018 shows a general view of a dust cloud surrounding the area near the entrance to a tunnel at North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test facility, during a demolition "ceremony". They're very, very different; the president treats them differently.

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