Nuclear North Korea: No One Knows What to Expect, Says Expert

06 July, 2018, 22:54 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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According to NBC, which spoke to US officials familiar with intelligence assessments of North Korean denuclearization, the Kim regime has only stopped its missile and nuclear tests.

President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Following his meeting in Pyongyang, Mr Pompeo will then travel to Japan where he will discuss North Korea denuclearisation with Tokyo and South Korean officials.

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.

"There's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production", one unnamed USA official briefed on the latest intelligence told NBC News last week.

Surely, there would at least be a short pause, with North Korea giving some space to the South Koreans and the Chinese to ratchet down the tension and give the real negotiators a chance to put together some kind of agreement more in line with those that had been done in the past.

According to recently released satellite imagery acquired by the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, North Korea appears to have expanded one of its missile manufacturing plants, the Chemical Material Institute located in the city of Hamhung, between April and June.

Washington and Pyongyang have yet to negotiate a plan for how North Korea will denuclearize.


US officials caution Kim would have to show progress in denuclearizing before a meeting could be arranged.

"The President's been very clear", Bolton said.

And as for a timeframe, while National Security Adviser John Bolton says it will happen within a year, Pompeo says that timeline is closer to two-and-a-half years, reports CBS News correspondent Paula Reid.

Still, days after USA intelligence officials said North Korea has actually increased its production at secret nuclear facilities, Trump tried to take credit on Tuesday for single-handedly preventing war with the country. "What I can tell you is that we're continuing to make progress", she said.

Earlier this week, it was revealed how United States intelligence services said the North had "at least three" hidden nuclear weapons sites. We should give it a try and see where it goes. "We're well aware of what the North Koreans have done in the past".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to depart on July 5 for his third trip to North Korea to continue negotiations.

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.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with President Donald Trump during their historic summit at the Capella Hotel on June 12, 2018, in Singapore.

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