Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

North Korea's Nuclear Program: What's Really Going On?

North Korea's Nuclear Program: What's Really Going On?

White House national security adviser John Bolton would not comment on the Washington Post report Sunday, but did say on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that North Korea's nuclear arsenal could be dismantled in a year if Pyongyang cooperates, adding that the program would require "full disclosure of all (of North Korea's) chemical and biological, nuclear programs, ballistic missile sites".

The Financial Times reported that Pompeo was due to visit North Korea this week but the State Department has not confirmed any travel plans.

But a joint statement signed by the two leaders did not detail how and when North Korea will achieve denuclearization.

The secretary of state may press North Korea to allow the recovery of some of the nearly 7,700 soldiers still unaccounted for after the 1950-53 Korean War, the most concrete agreement to come out of Trump-Kim summit.

Bolton's remarks contradicted those of Pompeo, the point man on the talks and who had earlier said that the US wants North Korea to take "major" nuclear disarmament steps within the next two years - before the end of Trump's first term in January 2021.

It will be the first visit by a senior USA official since President Donald Trump's historic meeting with Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, where the North Korean leader committed to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

The U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in nuclear talks with the United States, NBC News quoted U.S. officials as saying on Friday.

Diplomatic gains have been marred by US intelligence and satellite images suggesting that the North is moving ahead with its nuclear weapons programs despite Kim's summit promise to work toward the "complete denuclearization" of the divided peninsula.

The United States has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year.

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Reports that North Korea intends to secretly maintain some of its nuclear stockpile and production facilities raised questions Sunday about President Donald Trump's insistence that the North was "no longer a nuclear threat", after his historic summit in Singapore.

"To continue the ongoing and important work of denuclearization on the Korean peninsula, Secretary Pompeo will be leaving for North Korea on July 5 to meet with the leader and the team", spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. Bolton added that it would be to the North's advantage to cooperate to see sanctions lifted quickly and aid from South Korea and Japan start to flow.

If Kim cooperates, Mr Bolton said, the process would happen quickly. North Korea has great potential for the future!

"We have developed a program".

"I do not believe it would be possible to verify full dismantlement within a year, nor have I yet seen evidence of a firm DPRK decision to undertake full dismantlement".

Skeptics say the North has no intention of giving up its hard-won gains in developing a nuclear weapon that could target the US mainland and is trying to buy time to persuade Washington to ease punishing economic sanctions that have begun to bite. "Physically we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year".

Kim made the on-site inspections of two textile plants located in Sinuiju, accompanied by senior officials of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

Still, there are gestures both sides could make to build trust along the lines of the U.S. president's unilateral decision to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea planned for August.

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