‘North Korea nuclear programme could be gone within a year’

‘North Korea nuclear programme could be gone within a year’

‘North Korea nuclear programme could be gone within a year’

"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. "President Trump told us 'North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, '" Murphy said.

"It has not. Physically, we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year", Bolton said.

"There is no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production", one official told NBC.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Harry Harris, 61, in a tweet published on Saturday afternoon, saying that "a lot of work ahead" waiting for Harris, including the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

The Washington Post report comes on the heels of an NBC News report Friday that found USA officials believe North Korea has increased fuel production for nuclear missiles at several secret research facilities.

Despite Trump's rosy post-summit declaration that the North no longer poses a nuclear threat, Washington and Pyongyang have yet to negotiate the terms under which it would relinquish the weapons that it developed over decades to deter the US. Trump touted the agreement as a significant step toward peace in the world.


Whatever Trump does, it seems clear that the Trump administration's strategy towards North Korea continues to be haphazard at best.

In fact, Trump agreed to end a range of joint military exercises with South Korea, meant to act as a deterrent against the North. One area of concern is that the president's improvised approach to the North Korea crisis could lead to war if Trump decides he has been made a fool of and is then convinced to retaliate by North Korea hawks like national security adviser (and Iraq War architect) John Bolton. "We're well aware of what the North Koreans have done in the past".

"So we gave nothing".

Washington has reportedly devised a programme to dismantle North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a year.

"Because Kim Jong Un has so far avoided making a commitment to halt research and development activities, the changes [at Yongbyon] are not a success or failure of the diplomatic process, but simply a signal that North Korea's nuclear infrastructure remains fully in use", Adam Mount, a director at the Federation of American Scientists, told CNN. I got along really well with Chairman Kim. "Then the elimination of sanctions, aid by South Korea and Japan and others can all begin to flower". "We had a great chemistry", Trump added.

Pompeo postponed plans to meet with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and their counterparts from India on July 6, citing unavoidable circumstances, which has fueled speculation he will make a third trip to Pyongyang.

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