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

Marsha Scott
July 2, 2018

The intelligence assessment, which had not previously been reported, seemed to counter the sentiments expressed by US President Donald Trump, who tweeted after his June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore that there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea, NBC said.

"I made a deal with him".

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, insisted that North Korea's nuclear program could still be dismantled within a year. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

He also emphasised the modernisation of the facilities and ordered the building of a shop in Pyongyang to sell the brand's cosmetics directly to consumers, according to the KCNA report.

North Korea agreed at a summit with the USA in June to "work toward denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", but the joint statement signed by Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, and Donald Trump, the United States president, gave no details on how or when Pyongyang might surrender its nuclear weapons.

All this, despite a historic summit between Trump and Kim just weeks before. Some aspects of the USA intelligence were reported on Friday by NBC News.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that USA 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.

A satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the Punggye-ri test site in North Korea.

Asia expert Patrick Cronin called the NBC and Washington Post reports "extremely worrisome". We've seen how the North Koreans have behaved before. And it is to North Korea's advantage to dismantle very quickly.

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That site is believed by most officials to have twice the enrichment capacity of Yongbyon.

"I don't want a war with North Korea", Graham said.

Officials said that the "assessment concludes that there is more than one secret site" but would Kim admit it?

Bolton on Sunday declined to comment on intelligence matters.

One U.S. official with knowledge of North Korean intelligence said that "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production".

"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. "I think he's going to start now". "I don't think there's any doubt about that", he said.

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 he took care of it". I went there. So the papers say, "He went", oh, meaning I went to Singapore.

"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.

"There is no deadline for them to eliminate their illegal capabilities, or even freeze their continued production".

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