Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

United States plans for dismantling NKorea nukes may face resistance

United States plans for dismantling NKorea nukes may face resistance

Over the weekend, separate reports citing USA officials seemed to confirm what so many experts have long feared - that despite the overtures and sunny proclamations made at the Singapore summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang probably has little interest in dismantling its nuclear program.

A source familiar with China-North Korea relations explained that such a request for security carries the implication that "China will clearly support and defend the regime if the dictatorship is shaken by an influx of information and other factors as it implements economic reforms and opens up its economic system".

National security adviser John Bolton said Sunday that North Korea has not yet provided the USA with details on the scope of its nuclear arsenal amid news reports that indicate North Korea is attempting to continue its nuclear program.

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". "Physically we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programmes within a year".

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo has tried to walk that statement back, but Pompeo has also falsely tweeted on Saturday that Kim Jong-un had agreed to "fully verified denuclearization" - which again, would be pretty hard to do without having an actual agreement in place.

However, the officials believed North Korea was "positioning itself to extract every concession it can from the Trump administration - while clinging to nuclear weapons it believes are essential to survival", NBC News reported.

The assessment stands in stark contrast to President Donald Trump's exuberant comments following the summit, when he declared on Twitter that "there is no longer a nuclear threat" from North Korea.

President Trump said North Korea is (quote) "very serious" about denuclearization.

"Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles", said another. "There's not any starry-eyed feeling among the group doing this".

Kim is the USA ambassador to the Philippines and has been one of the key United States officials dealing with the North Koreans leading up to the Trump-Kim summit.

The Post's report corroborates a Friday exposé by NBC News that quoted US intelligence officials warning of North Korea's attempts to hide information from the USA about its nuclear program.

As U.S. intelligence agencies continue to gather information about North Korea's actions, any breach of the nuclear agreement by Kim could warrant a return to the tense relationship that characterized U.S.

Immediately following the summit, Trump was quick to claim there was "no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

"This is why people want North Korea to declare all its facilities up front", Wit said. "North Korea remains free to manufacture more nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction - even though it has unilaterally frozen testing of its nuclear weapons and certain ballistic missiles".

A former admiral has sworn in as the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, the White House said on Saturday.

The North last month blew up its aged but only nuclear test site at Punggye-ri - where it had staged six atomic tests - in a show of goodwill before the summit.

The president also made it sound as though the had made a real deal with Kim, when all they actually did was sign a vague mutual commitment to denuclearization.

Like this: