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

A Capital Gazette newspaper rack displays the day's front page on Friday

A Capital Gazette newspaper rack displays the day's front page on Friday

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made a show of halting missile tests and destroying some test sites, but officials believe that secret sites remain in the country, where nuclear capabilities are still being developed.

Japan's Self Defense Forces on Friday dropped their program to always deploy Aegis warships in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) that detect and intercept incoming missiles, the Asahi Shimbun reported. We've seen how the North Koreans have behaved before. The official was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.

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

"There is a possibility that it's a warning sign to the North Korea that they are and will be aware of such concealments", a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University said.

Pompeo told reporters the day after the Singapore summit on 12 June that Washington hoped to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea within Trump's current term, which ends on 20 January 2021.

"There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the USA", the official said, according to NBC. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

"We're going to try and proceed to implement what the two leaders agreed to in Singapore, but rather than have a series of reports - things are going better things are not going well, they are concealing this, they're not concealing that - really it doesn't serve the objective of advancing the negotiations", Bolton said Sunday.

White House national security adviser John Bolton.




Bolton told CBS's Face the Nation that Washington has devised a programme to dismantle North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes in a year.

South Korea media reported on Sunday that U.S. envoy Sung Kim, the American ambassador to the Philippines, met with North Korean officials at the border on Sunday to coordinate an agenda for Pompeo's next visit to North Korea.

Appearing on CBS's Face the Nation, Bolton said he did not want to comment on the reports or on "anything related to intelligence" - NBC having quoted more than a dozen senior United States intelligence officials and the Post four.

The lone weapons facility that has been acknowledged by North Korea is in Yongbyon, 100 kilometres north of Pyongyang. "I don't think there's any doubt about that", he said.

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

That has not stopped the self-styled anti-Trump Resistance from accusing the U.S. president of inspiring the attack, going so far as to claim he has "blood on his hands".

"Now, we'll let their actions speak for themselves", he added.

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