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

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Even as North Korea engages in diplomacy with the United States for denuclearization, USA intelligence officials have spotted evidence that points to the communist nation's unwillingness to fully dismantle its nuclear program while concealing key parts, the Washington Post said Sunday. "If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they are cooperative, we can move very quickly".

Even if North Korea's promises were honest, it could take years of work, accompanied by an unprecedented agreement to grant access to outside inspectors, before United States officials could confidently say that the weapons threat has been neutralised.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has acknowledged that it could take years to implement any agreement on eliminating North Korea's nuclear stockpile, a hard-won asset that North Korean leaders regard as a guarantor of their survival.

Murphy was referring to reports of satellite images that show North Korea continues to make upgrades to its main nuclear research facility in Yongbyon.

Japan has lowered its military readiness level against North Korean missiles as Washington embarks on delicate nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang, a report said Sunday, citing multiple unnamed sources close to the matter.

"There is no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production", one official told NBC.

This wasn't supposed to happen after the Donald Trump-Kim summit last month in Singapore.

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

"Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles", the official said.

Washington has reportedly devised a programme to dismantle North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a year.

Bruce Klingner, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, said, "The observed activity appears inconsistent with a North Korean intent to abandon its nuclear weapons programs".

Bolton also addressed Trump's upcoming meeting with Putin Sunday, telling Fox News Sunday that he believes critics are wrong to suggest the president has been to soft on Russian Federation.

"I do trust him", Trump told ABC News of Kim in the hours after the Singapore summit, adding that the North Korean leader will be "de-nuking the whole place".

Touting the six month anniversary of his tax cuts to a standing-ovation crowd in the East Room of the White House, President Donald Trump took a moment to address the murder of five journalists at Capital Gazette Newspaper in Annapolis the day previous.

The only uranium enrichment facility North Korea has publicly acknowledged is Yongbyon - though reports of secret facilities have surfaced. I got along really well with Chairman Kim. "We had a very good chemistry".

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