North Korea steps up production of fuel for nuclear weapons

North Korea steps up production of fuel for nuclear weapons

North Korea steps up production of fuel for nuclear weapons

NBC's report said North Korea has been secretly increasing production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons at clandestine sites ― despite the vague promises made by leader Kim Jong Un during his June 12 summit in Singapore with President Donald Trump to "work towards" denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

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 programs in a year.

"I think they're very serious about it", the President responded.

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

When grilled by lawmakers about the specifics of the administration's denuclearization plan for North Korea, Pompeo said he was "not prepared to talk about the details of the discussions that are taking place".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly plans to travel to North Korea this week to discuss denuclearization plans in a follow-up to the Singapore summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"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 goal of advancing the negotiations", Bolton said Sunday.

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As concern has grown in Tokyo about Japan being left on the sidelines in the diplomatic negotiations with North Korea, hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month said that his government has approached Pyongyang to arrange a summit with Kim. "We're well aware of what the North Koreans have done in the past".

At the same time, USA envoy Sung Kim held talks with North Korean officials on Sunday in the border village of Panmunjom within the demilitarised zone between the North and South Korea, South Korean media reported on Sunday.

Doubts over North Korea's intentions have deepened amid reports that it is continuing to produce fissile material for weapons. Some aspects of the new intelligence were reported Friday by NBC News.

"Analysts at the CIA and other intelligence agencies don't see it that way, according to more than a dozen American officials who are familiar with their assessments and spoke on the condition of anonymity", it reported.

Kim made the request during his 3rd meeting with Xi in Beijing last month, and the Chinese president promised to do his "utmost" to satisfy it, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said.

"There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the U.S". "We are going to pursue this, and we will see what happens".

"If it is true that they are saying one thing and doing another, nobody should be surprised", he said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

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