US, North Korean officials met Sunday

Minnie Murray
July 2, 2018

US intelligence officials believe North Korea has been "deceiving" the USA, saying the Hermit Kingdom was bolstering production for nuclear weapons at "multiple secret sites" in the past few months, a report stated.

The claim makes a nonsense of Donald Trump " s statement last month, shortly after his summit with dictator Kim Jong Un, that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea'.

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.

Bolton said on Sunday that Pompeo would be presenting their one-year plan to the North Koreans soon, but just a few days prior, Pompeo declined to put a timeline on negotiations with Pyongyang.

"President Trump told us 'North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, '" Murphy said. "And it is to North Korea's advantage to dismantle very quickly".

Trump had showered Kim with praises, calling him a "very talented man", and made security concessions in return for very little.

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

The post of the USA ambassador to South Korea was vacant for more than a year after Trump took office in 2017.

Officials say North Korea plans to keep the USA 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.

Pompeo told reporters the day after the Singapore summit on 12 June that Washington hoped to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea within Trump's current term, which ends on 20 January 2021.

This also comes ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's scheduled visit to Pyongyang later this week. In the meantime, he explained, the US has been trying to gauge North Korea's seriousness, but it seems likely that the White House has already gotten that answer in the form of the Defense Intelligence Agency assessment which was leaked to NBC News and the Post.

"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.

The president also made it sound as though the had made a real deal with Kim, when all they actually did was sign a vague mutual commitment to denuclearization. I really believe he means it.

"For the first time since the Singapore summit last month".

North Korea expert David Albright, a former United Nations weapons inspector and president of the Institute for Science and International Security, said the assessments come at a time when "there's a worry that the Trump administration may go soft, and accept a deal that focuses on Yongbyon and forgets about these other sites". What we are going to give is good things in the future.

Senator Murphy could not be reached for further comment by Newsweek on Saturday about North Korea's continued nuclear weapons program and what type of response he would like to see from the president.

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