USA has plan to dismantle North Korea nuclear program within a year

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The Washington Post reported yesterday that North Korea was considering ways to hide its nuclear weapons and secret production facilities.

Bolton expressed optimism that Kim would carry out his country's denuclearization.

North Korea is completing a major expansion of a key missile-manufacturing plant, said researchers who have examined new satellite imagery of the site, the latest sign Pyongyang is pushing ahead with weapons programs even as the USA pressures it to abandon them.

Kim told Xi that he wanted China's help to end the sanctions because it successfully concluded a summit between the United States and North Korea on June 12, the Yomiuri reported, citing unnamed sources close to the matter. The president tweeted last month that there "was no longer a nuclear threat" posed by North Korea.

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.

Siegfried Hecker, a nuclear scientist and Stanford University professor, has predicted it would take around 10 years to dismantle and clean up a substantial part of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear site. He meets with President Trump today. "There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the U.S". He finally shrugged, reluctantly admitting that it "may not work out", as if it were a development deal for some hotel in Miami Beach rather than the possible annihilation of millions of people.

Bolton said top United States diplomat Mike Pompeo will be discussing that plan with North Korea in the near future.

While Pyongyang has stopped missile and nuclear weapons tests, "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles or that they have stopped their production", a USA official told NBC News. By revealing the extent of U.S. intel, Washington can put pressure on North Korea to admit to its secret sites and operations.

"Kim Jong Un was very emphatic several times in Singapore he was different from prior regimes", Bolton said".

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He said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will likely discuss that proposal with the North Koreans soon. Even so, the White House extracted few genuine commitments from Pyongyang while it granted Kim a moment of legitimacy on the world stage and canceled planned military exercises with South Korea.

"I don't want a war with North Korea", Graham said.

"What it suggests is that Kim has no intention of surrendering his nuclear weapons".

But continued operations at the site "should not be seen as having any relationship with North Korea's pledge to denuclearize", it added.

The facility makes solid-fuel, ballistic missiles-which would be able to strike USA military installations in Asia with a nuclear weapon with little warning-as well as re-entry vehicles for warheads that Pyongyang might use on longer-range missiles able to hit the continental U.S.

The reports of Pyongyang's "business-as-usual" nuclear program come despite Trump's post-summit boast that North Korea was "no longer" a nuclear threat.

Satellite images taken nine days after the Singapore summit showed North Korea continuing to build on the infrastructure at a key nuclear reactor.

"New building didn't appear to begin in earnest until April this year, around the time Mr. Kim shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a landmark summit meeting at the inter-Korean border, according to a series of satellite images".

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