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North Korea Could Dismantle Nuclear Program within a Year

02 July 2018

Even as North Korea engages in diplomacy with the USA for denuclearization, U.S. intelligence officials have spotted evidence that points to the communist nation's unwillingness to fully dismantle its nuclear program while concealing key parts, the Washington Post said Sunday.

Over a dozen unnamed officials told NBC reporters Courtney Kube, Ken Dilanian and Carol E. Lee that intel analysts' findings show the regime's increased efforts to produce enriched uranium for nuclear weapons - all while trying to milk as many concessions out of the Trump administration as it can.

"There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the USA", the official said, according to NBC.

Officials say North Korea plans to keep the United States in the dark about how many warheads it has, how much fissile material is in its possession and where all of its nuclear facilities are located.

Kim is the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines and has been one of the key USA officials dealing with the North Koreans leading up to the Trump-Kim summit.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un asked Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Beijing in June to work towards bringing an early end to economic sanctions imposed on his country, Japan's Yomiuri newspaper reported on Sunday.

The Post's report corroborates a Friday exposé by NBC News that quoted US intelligence officials warning of North Korea's attempts to hide information from the USA about its nuclear program.

All this, despite a historic summit between Trump and Kim just weeks before. The Financial Times reported that Pompeo was due to visit North Korea this week but the State Department has not confirmed any travel plans.

"The reports are showing that they haven't just not frozen their program, they're enhancing their production capabilities, and they're trying to hide activities at multiple secret production sites", Vinograd said.

"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. we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year", Bolton said. U.S. intelligence agencies became aware of the nuclear facility in 2010.

Xi, however, apparently tried to temper North Korea's rapid moves to get closer to the United States.

"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.

BARTIROMO: But do we believe him, Mr. President?

Kim made the request during his 3rd meeting with Xi in Beijing last month, and the Chinese president promised to do his "utmost" to satisfy it, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said. "I don't think there's any doubt about that", he said.

"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.