United States believes North Korea planning to trick West, hide nukes

United States believes North Korea planning to trick West, hide nukes

United States believes North Korea planning to trick West, hide nukes

US intelligence officials believe North Korea has been "deceiving" the USA, saying the Hermit Kingdom was bolstering production for nuclear weapons at "multiple secret sites" in the past few months, a report stated. "And it's to North Korea's advantage to see these programs dismantled very quickly because then the elimination of sanctions, aid by South Korea and Japan and others can all begin to flow".

The nuclear-armed North's leader Kim Jong Un promised to "work toward" denuclearization at a landmark summit in Singapore in June with US President Donald Trump. 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.

The latest USA intelligence assessment of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program suggests 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", the Post reported, citing four US officials who have seen or been briefed on the latest intelligence.

"There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the USA", the official said, despite Pyongyang's recent curtailment of missile and nuclear tests.

The North Korean leader seems to consider the lifting of the sanctions as a pillar of "gradual concessions" by the United States, the sources said. Their reporting was corroborated by an earlier NBC story published Friday.

US intelligence is not certain how many nuclear warheads North Korea has. The official was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.

"There are lots of things that we know that North Korea has tried to hide from us for a long time", one USA official said.

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"We have developed a program".

U.S. 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.

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".

We know exactly what the risks are of them using negotiations to drag out the length of time they have to continue their nuclear, chemical, biological weapons programs and ballistic missiles.

"This is why people want North Korea to declare all its facilities up front", Wit said. "He said he took care of it". According to some reports, Pompeo may make another visit to North Korea this week for more talks.

"Putin's about to meet Trump in Finland, so he could think, 'OK, I'll show up".

"I don't think anybody ought to have a case of the vapors" about President Trump's rhetoric on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Russia, Bolton said, adding that the meeting will allow the leaders to cut through the "political noise" of alleged Russian collusion.

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