North Korea aiming to hide ongoing nuclear production

Kim Jong Un visits the Sinuiju Chemical Fibre Mill

Kim Jong Un visits the Sinuiju Chemical Fibre Mill

"What I can tell you is that we're continuing to make progress", she said.

US President Donald Trump says talks with North Korea are "going well", claiming that without him, the United States "would now be at war with North Korea". Evidence collected since the Singapore summit points to preparations to deceive the USA about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea's arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material for nuclear bombs, according to the report.

Bruce Klingner is with the Heritage Foundation, a research group in Washington, D.C. He said satellite images show that North Korea has expanded a nuclear center and a missile production center.

Some North Korea experts, however, have questioned Pyongyang's willingness to make good on Trump's nuclear goals.

But US intelligence assessments suggested North Korea had deceived Mr Trump, after it was discovered he had been secretly increasing production of enriched uranium, prompting expert Gordan Chang warning the situation to be "incontrovertible".

The joint statement, however, gave no details on how and when Pyongyang would relinquish its weapons.

While Kim may seek to turn his finished weapons into security and economic benefits, in any agreement he will also attempt to retain enough of his manufacturing and research capabilities to allow for a quick resumption of his nuclear weapons program in case diplomacy falls apart, said Hwang Ildo, a professor at Seoul's Korea National Diplomatic Academy.

The North's Korean Central News Agency reported on Monday. that Kim made on-site inspections of two textile plants in the northwestern town. a day after he went to a cosmetics factory in the same area. Lee, who plans to bring two or three North Korean players to the Asian Games, said he was impressed with "No. 9 and No. 7 on Team Peace", referring to North Korea's Ri Jong Ok and Jang Mi Kyong. Bolton, who has expressed hardline views on North Korea, said that if Pyongyang has chose to give up its nuclear weapons program and is cooperative, then "we can move very quickly" and they can win sanctions relief and aid from South Korea and Japan.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks during a press conference in Moscow, on June 27, 2018. "If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they are cooperative, we can move very quickly".

Reports over the past few days indicate that intelligence agencies do not believe Kim Jong-un intends to fully dispose of his nuclear stockpile, and is planning to hide the size of that stockpile and the extent of nuclear facilities while attempting to extract concessions in nuclear talks.

"I am sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their [weapons of mass destruction] and ballistic missile programs in a year", Bolton said. "We're well aware of what the North Koreans have done in the past".

They also agreed to the recovery of remains of thousands of US servicemembers still missing from the 1950-53 Korean War and "the immediate repatriation of those already identified". "We're not going to provide a timeline for that".

He said the one-year program the proposing would cover all of the North's chemical and biological weapons, nuclear programs and ballistic missiles.

Siegfried Hecker, a nuclear scientist and Stanford University professor, has predicted it would take around 10 years to dismantle and clean up a substantial part of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear site. "I don't think there's any doubt about that", he said.

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