Despite the Singapore deal, North Korea’s up to its old tricks

Despite the Singapore deal, North Korea’s up to its old tricks

Despite the Singapore deal, North Korea’s up to its old tricks

Intelligence officials and many North Korea experts have generally taken a more cautious view, noting that leader Kim Jong Un's vague commitment to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula is a near-echo of earlier pledges from North Korean leaders over the past two decades, even as they accelerated efforts to build nuclear weapons in secret.

U.S. National security adviser John Bolton listens to question as speaks to the media after his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, on June 27.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Senate briefing last week that Trump only believed the North Korean threat had been "reduced", not ended.

"If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they are cooperative, we can move very quickly", Bolton said. "Physically we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programmes within a year".

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

The Financial Times reported that Pompeo hopes to visit Pyongyang in the second week of this month.

The US intelligence officials have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpiles, The Washington Post reported, citing intelligence officials.

In a Fox News interview which aired Sunday, President Trump, insisted that North Korea was serious about a deal, defended his summit spectacle in Singapore, and claimed that he gave nothing to Kim - despite the fact that he made a major concession by agreeing to end joint military exercises with South Korea.

North Korea has no intention of giving up its entire nuclear stockpile and is instead mulling ways to "conceal" its weapons from the United States, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.

According to the daily, evidence collected by United States intelligence points to preparations to deceive the U.S. about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea's arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material for nuclear bombs.

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".

On Friday, NBC News reported that USA intelligence officials believe the North had ramped up enrichment and is planning on keeping secret nuclear facilities hidden and operational.

Pressure will now be on Pompeo to make progress in negotiations with North Korea to turn the summit declaration into concrete action.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea. "And it is to North Korea's advantage to dismantle very quickly".

Trump and Kim signed an agreement in Singapore that said North Korea would abandon its nuclear program, but did not specify a timeline or method for doing so.

The North last month blew up its aged but only nuclear test site at Punggye-ri - where it had staged six atomic tests - in a show of goodwill before the summit.

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