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'possible' North Korea nuclear deal may not 'work out'

02 July 2018
'possible' North Korea nuclear deal may not 'work out'

Pompeo told CNN last week he would not put a timeline on negotiations with North Korea, but said the Trump administration will regularly assess the regime's seriousness about abandoning its nuclear program as the U.S. moves toward normalizing relations with Pyongyang.

Japanese defense ministry officials were not available for immediate comment.

John Bolton said top us diplomat Mike Pompeo will be discussing that plan with North Korea in the near future.

Various North Korea experts have underlined the importance of the new report, both in regards to what it contains, as well as the fact that US officials felt compelled to leak it. Sharing the assessment with the media could indicate the severity with which the USA intelligence community disagrees with President Trump's statements on the matter, or could be part of some kind of authorized strategy to expose the sites and build pressure on North Korea - or justify future military action.

The lone weapons facility that has been acknowledged by North Korea is in Yongbyon, 100 kilometres north of Pyongyang.

"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.

The reports of Pyongyang's "business-as-usual" nuclear program come despite Trump's post-summit boast that North Korea was "no longer" a nuclear threat.

"I'm confident what (Trump) intended there was, 'we did reduce the threat, '" Pompeo told a Senate panel.

The U.S. side was "working to see whether they can prepare for high-level talks between Secretary Pompeo and Kim Jong Un and others in Pyongyang that would be a specific denuclearization road map, or at least significant dismantlement steps that could fill in a roadmap", he said. I went there. So the papers say, "He went", oh, meaning I went to Singapore.

"Analysts at the CIA and other intelligence agencies don't see it that way, according to more than a dozen American officials who are familiar with their assessments and spoke on the condition of anonymity", it reported.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that us intelligence officials have concluded that North Korea is unlikely to completely denuclearize and is preparing to hide parts of its nuclear weapons program during negotiations with the U.S. "If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they are cooperative, we can move very quickly".

"I do trust him", Trump told ABC News of Kim in the hours after the Singapore summit, adding that the North Korean leader will be "de-nuking the whole place".

"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 can get - physically we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year", Bolton said, noting that full disclosure has not yet happened.

In recent years, the United States, through imagery and computer hacking, has improved its intelligence collection in North 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.

He said: "We know exactly what the risks are of them using negotiations to drag out the length of time they have to continue their nuclear chemical biological weapons programs and ballistic missiles".