U.S. Intel Agencies Believe North Korea Is Increasing Nuclear Production

Clay Curtis
July 1, 2018

The NBC report quoted U.S. officials who said they believe that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un might try to hide the facilities as he seeks more concessions in nuclear talks with the US.

White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday he believed the bulk of North Korea's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs could be dismantled within a year.

"We're going to try and proceed to implement what the two leaders agreed to in Singapore, but rather than have a series of reports - things are going better things are not going well, they are concealing this, they're not concealing that - really it doesn't serve the objective of advancing the negotiations", Bolton said Sunday. Kim and Trump both signed a document on June 12 stating that Pyongyang would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". The agreement contained no specifics about implementing its terms, and Pompeo has been working to set in motion more concrete steps for North Korea to give up its arsenal.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, insisted that North Korea's nuclear program could still be dismantled within a year.

Put another way, the regime may have suspended its missile and nuclear tests, and made a big show of dismantling its one known test site, but there continues to be no reason to believe North Korea has any intention of denuclearizing, or any indication that they are doing anything other than posturing in an attempt to gain additional concessions from the Trump administration.

More than a dozen USA officials who received intelligence briefings said North Korea has actually increased its production of fuel for nuclear weapons.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has attempted to walk back Trump's comments, telling a Senate panel last week that North Korea still remained a nuclear threat.

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"Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles", the official said. "The president would like to see these discussions move promptly to get a resolution".

When asked what would happen if North Korea does not follow through with promises of denuclearization, Trump said: "I don't want to be threatening...you've seen what was perhaps going to happen".

"I think they're very serious about it", the President responded.

"I think it would be inappropriate and, frankly, counterproductive to achieving the end state that we're hoping to achieve", Pompeo said. And by the way I really believe North Korea has a tremendous future.

A North Korean patrol boat responded immediately when the South Korean Navy contacted it via an worldwide radio channel at 9 am Sunday in the western sea, normalizing the maritime communication channel for the first time in 10 years, according to the ministry.

Pompeo postponed plans to meet with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and their counterparts from India on July 6, citing unavoidable circumstances, which has fueled speculation he will make a third trip to Pyongyang.

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