North Korea’s missile program was expanding as Trump met with Kim

Posted July 04, 2018

"In the last eight months, you haven't seen missile launches, you haven't seen nuclear detonations", Sanders added.

My colleagues Ellen Nakashima and Joby Warrick reported that evidence gathered by USA intelligence officials in the weeks since the June 12 summit led to the conclusion that North Korea "does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile, and instead is considering ways to hide the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities".

The White House has characterized ongoing meetings as positive but not commented on recent news reports of USA intelligence assessments saying North Korea has been expanding its weapons capabilities.

The Washington Post on Saturday cited unnamed us intelligence officials as concluding that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile.

The State Department said Pompeo would head from Pyongyang to Tokyo on Saturday, where he would discuss North Korean denuclearization with Japanese and South Korean leaders. The expansion efforts came after the North Korean leader made a similar denuclearization pledge during his April 27th meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The president's comments in a morning tweet followed a report Saturday in The Washington Post that US intelligence officials have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear arms stockpile and instead is considering ways to hide the number of weapons it has and its secret production facilities.

However, the joint statement released after the meeting gave no details on how or when Pyongyang might forsake its nuclear and missile programmes.

White House staffers say president Trump went off the rails when he saw this parody picture of him and North Korean president Kim Jong UN.

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The network quoted an official as saying: "There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the United States".

Officials from North Korea and the U.S.

Bolton's remarks on CBS's "Face the Nation" appeared to be the first time the Trump administration had publicly suggested a timeline for North Korea to fulfill the commitment Kim made at the summit with Trump for the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula. "Secondly, they likely targeted (Trump), asking if he was deceived by North Korea because no progress has been reported in the three weeks after the summit".

But new satellite imagery shows an expansion of a missile-manufacturing site capable of producing missiles that could hit USA military installations in Asia.

Meanwhile, the US team wants to put some meat on the bone of the four-point declaration signed June 12 in Singapore by President Trump and Mr. Kim.

Bolton also said the administration's plan would require the North Koreans to provide full disclosure of all their nuclear programs and ballistic missile sites, but that has not happened yet. "I don't want a war with North Korea".

Even if North Korea is cooperative, the magnitude of dismantling its weapons of mass destruction programs, believed to encompass dozens of sites, will be tough, according to Stanford University academics, including nuclear physicist Siegfried Hecker, a leading expert on the North's nuclear program.

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