Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

North Korea working to deceive U.S., hide ongoing nuclear production

North Korea working to deceive U.S., hide ongoing nuclear production

United States intelligence agencies believe that North Korea has in recent months increased its production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites, National Broadcasting Corp (NBC) reported, citing unidentified USA officials.

National security adviser John Bolton said Sunday that North Korea has not yet provided the US with details on the scope of its nuclear arsenal amid news reports that indicate North Korea is attempting to continue its nuclear program.

"If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they're cooperative, we can move very quickly", he said.

It said the findings support a new, previously undisclosed Defense Intelligence Agency estimate that North Korea is unlikely to denuclearize.

Pompeo has already visited Pyongyang twice since April to meet with Kim - the first time when he was still director of the Central Intelligence Agency - and there are discussions about a possible third trip to North Korea late next week but such a visit has not yet been confirmed.

The Washington Post on Saturday cited unnamed USA intelligence officials as concluding that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile.

"There are lots of things that we know that North Korea has tried to hide from us for a long time", one USA official said.

"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. "And our concern about what they're doing in the 2018 election and what President Putin said through a translator of course but what he said was there was no meddling in 2016 by the Russian state".


Trump has suspended military exercises in the Korean peninsula after North Korea stopped carrying out missile and nuclear tests.

USA intel agencies suspect that Pyongyang has been increasing production of nuclear fuel at multiple secret sites, NBC reported Friday.

Bartiromo asked him about the historic summit with Kim in Singapore just weeks ago, saying North Korea should be telling the U.S.

Immediately following the summit, Trump was quick to claim there was "no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

A satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the Punggye-ri test site in North Korea. They also pointed out that North Korea has made similar agreements in the past, only to renege. There is "nobody involved in this discussion with North Korea in the administration who is overburdened by naivete", he told Fox News. "I think it would be inappropriate and, frankly, counterproductive to achieving the end state that we're hoping to achieve".

"I made a deal with him, I shook hands with him, I really believe he means it", Trump explained, then hedged, "Now, is it possible? There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", Trump tweeted.

"North Korea remains free to manufacture more nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction - even though it has unilaterally frozen testing of its nuclear weapons and certain ballistic missiles", he said.

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