Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Experts see risks in US plan to dismantle NKorea's nukes

Experts see risks in US plan to dismantle NKorea's nukes

Though President Trump told FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, that he believes Jong-un is "very serious" about denuclearization and that he had "very good chemistry" with the North Korea leader when they met earlier this month in Singapore.

United States officials, led by Ambassador Sung Kim, met with their North Korean counterparts Sunday at the demilitarized zone that divides North and South Korea, the first such meeting since the Singapore summit.

Last week, a senior defense official said the USA would have data points "pretty soon" that would determine if North Korea was "operating in good faith or not".

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies report found that North Korea has recently expanded a factory complex in the eastern city of Hamhung that produces key engines for solid-fuel ballistic missiles.

White House officials declined to comment the satellite images.

Kim also led the US team hammering out the joint declaration that Trump and Kim Jong Un signed in Singapore, and it's expected his team is working now to negotiate how it is implemented.

In other news reports, American intelligence officials have said the North is seeking to mislead the United States about how many weapons it has.

John Bolton, Trump's national security advisor, said on Sunday that the U.S. plans for North Korea to dismantle its chemical, biological, nuclear, and ballistic missile programs in a year's time.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is working to firm up those commitments in the wake of the summit, with the Financial Times reporting that he plans to soon visit Pyongyang.

USA officials caution Kim would have to show progress in denuclearizing before a meeting could be arranged.

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.

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.

US intelligence is not certain how many nuclear warheads North Korea has.

".And as far as the one-year timeline, Ambassador Bolton said if North Korea makes the decision to denuclearize, their ballistics programs could be dismantled in a year". Pressured by reporters about why "verifiable" and "irreversible" were not part of the Singapore declaration, an irritated Pompeo insisted that these demands were "in there" and that it was "silly" to ask why specific words were omitted.

After promising as a candidate that he would be happy to talk to the North Korean dictator and would "absolutely" try to talk some sense into Kim Jong-un, President Trump began his outreach to him with a series of insulting tweets.

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