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North Korea Believed to be Increasing Nuclear Production

06 July 2018

THE Trump administration is thinking of holding a second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un in NY in an effort to get the regime to pick up the pace on denuclearisation, according to a report on Monday.

National Security Adviser John Bolton said he wouldn't comment on intelligence matters, but said the administration is "very well aware of North Korea's pattern of behaviour" while negotiating with the US.

If those negotiations succeed and the denuclearization process moves ahead, Mr. Bolton says the administration believes it can accomplish its goal fast.

"We can get - physically, we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year", he said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he plans to meet with Kim to "flesh out" details of the nuclear disarmament promise, but has insisted the North Korean leader is serious.

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"There are lots of things that we know that North Korea has tried to hide from us for a long time", one USA official said. "What I can tell you is that we're continuing to make progress", she said.

But the Singapore meeting failed to clearly define denuclearization or produce a specific timeline toward dismantling the North's atomic weapons arsenal.

"The summit took a big step away from the brink of war and opened the door to constructive dialogue".

The result has left much of the hard work to Pompeo.

Given North Korea's long history of deception, such reports are likely to raise more questions about exactly what was achieved at Singapore. In the meantime, no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months.

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The men and women national basketball teams of South Korea left on Tuesday for North Korea to play friendly matches amid the ongoing rapprochement on the peninsula. "The realistic goals Pompeo can achieve from his visit would be making meetings with North Korean officials a regular thing and ensuring the return of the remains of USA soldiers killed during the Korean War, which could help maintain the momentum of dialogue". Stanford University academics, including nuclear physicist Siegfried Hecker, a leading expert on the Norths nuclear program, have proposed a 10-year roadmap for that task; others say it could take less time.

It cited images analyzed by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Calif., as showing that the North was finishing construction on the exterior of the Hamhung plant around the same time as the June 12 summit in Singapore.

The meeting comes amid growing scrutiny of Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearization and as joint efforts to repatriate the remains of USA troops from North Korea are taking longer than many anticipated.

Author Gordan Chang told Fox News: "Those satellite images taken from June 21, nine days after the summit show that they are improving the cooling system of the Yongbyon five-megawatt reactor and that clearly is inconsistent with the notion that they want to give up their weapons". "I don't think there's any doubt about that", he said.

He also said he trusted Kim to follow through on denuclearization. "We have a very good chemistry".

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North Korea Believed to be Increasing Nuclear Production