Trump says "it's possible" North Korea nuclear agreement could collapse

Frederick Owens
July 4, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is also expected to visit Pyongyang this week to press for denuclearization as well, according to the Financial Times.

A June 21 satellite image of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear reactor suggests that the country is still improving its nuclear facilities.

Washington and Pyongyang have yet to negotiate a plan for how North Korea will denuclearize. He then apparently also took the credit for the absence of any North Korean missile launches and nuclear tests over the last eight months. All of Asia is thrilled, ' the president wrote.

Earlier this week, it was revealed how United States intelligence services said the North had "at least three" hidden nuclear weapons sites.

On Monday, the White House announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will return to North Korea this week to continue nuclear talks.

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.

National Security Adviser John Bolton said the USA could dismantle the regime's stockpile in a year if Kim would cooperate.

"If North Korea makes the decision to denuclearize, their ballistics programs could be dismantled in a year", she said.

"First, they would want to say that they have lots of intelligence on North Korea and that its relations with the USA would go back to the past if it doesn't take practical disarmament steps", Nam said.

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The report, citing unidentified U.S. officials, said the United States side suspected Kim might try to hide those facilities as negotiations progress. "Physically, we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year".

"So we're going to try and proceed to implement what the two leaders agreed to in Singapore".

Doubts over North Korea's intentions have deepened amid reports that it is still producing fissile material for weapons.

In the meantime, he explained, the US has been trying to gauge North Korea's seriousness, but it seems likely that the White House has already gotten that answer in the form of the Defense Intelligence Agency assessment which was leaked to NBC News and the Post.

"Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well!" he tweeted.

Trump is no fan of the United Nations, having recently withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council, but he probably can't wait to show off the luxurious accommodations at Trump Tower-and stick it to NY commuters in the process. While the official would not detail the precise intelligence that has led to this conclusion, the agency utilizes satellite imagery, electronic intercepts and human intelligence gained from operatives.

In this Thursday, May 24, 2018 photo, smoke and debris rise in the air as barracks buildings for guards and tunneling workers at North Korea's nuclear test site are blown up at Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province, North Korea.

The interview was broadcast Sunday but taped late in the week, before the reports of North Korean cheating emerged publicly. Pyongyang has often had its own complaints about Washington over slow delivery of aid and imposition of sanctions. The latest of six nuclear tests was 10 months ago, on September 3, 2017.

A strategy by David Albright at the Institute for Science and International Security suggests the US needs to get Kim to disclose a complete list of all his nuclear program sites and materials, including uranium and plutonium.

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