N. Korea aiming to hide ongoing nuclear production
02 July, 2018, 09:59 | Author: Ted Wilson
It was reported that the White House withdrew its nomination of Victor Cha, a veteran Korea expert, in January because of Cha's opposition to military options against Pyongyang.
Bolton told CBS News that if Pyongyang has already made the "strategic decision" to end its weapons development program and "they're cooperative, we can move very quickly".
United States intelligence has collected evidence pointing to plans by Pyongyang to deceive the West into thinking it has dismantled its nuclear program and push for sanctions relief, the Washington Post reported late Saturday.
He said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will likely discuss that proposal with the North Koreans soon.
The Financial Times reported that Pompeo hopes to visit Pyongyang in the second week of this month.
However, his comments Sunday came just one day after NBC reported that they were told by more than a dozen USA officials that North Korea is pushing forward with its nuclear program at multiple secret sites.
This wasn't supposed to happen after the Donald Trump-Kim summit last month in Singapore.
However, Bolton said the USA does not yet have a full accounting of North Korea's nuclear arsenal.
Specifically, the DIA has concluded that North Korean officials are exploring ways to deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads, and missiles and the types and numbers of facilities they have, believing that the United States is not aware of the full range of their activities. "And our concern about what they're doing in the 2018 election and what President Putin said through a translator of course but what he said was there was no meddling in 2016 by the Russian state".
Bruce Klingner, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, said, "The observed activity appears inconsistent with a North Korean intent to abandon its nuclear weapons programs".
At the same time, USA envoy Sung Kim held talks with North Korean officials on Sunday in the border village of Panmunjom within the demilitarised zone between the North and South Korea, South Korean media reported on Sunday.
Bartiromo asked him about the historic summit with Kim in Singapore just weeks ago, saying North Korea should be telling the U.S. Like many North Korea observers, he has been skeptical of Pyongyang's sincerity about denuclearization and has pointed out that the administration faces considerable challenges and questions on the issue following the Trump-Kim summit.
Even if North Korea is willing to cooperate, dismantling its secretive weapons of mass destruction programs, believed to encompass dozens of sites, will be tough.
"There was a delay, but I think he has now got the agreement to go", former US National Security Council director of Asian affairs Victor Cha told the Guardian. North Korea has great potential for the future! "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", Trump tweeted.
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