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 said the USA has a program in the works that would allow for North Korea's nuclear program to be dismantled within a year. The president tweeted last month that there "was no longer a nuclear threat" posed by North Korea.
A photo taken on May 24, 2018 shows a general view of a dust cloud surrounding the area near the entrance to a tunnel at North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test facility, during a demolition "ceremony".
U.S. officials believe that North Korea is working to hide some of its nuclear stockpile and key aspects of its production facilities from the United States, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
"The Chemical Materials Institute seems like they have one function, and that's pumping out parts for their missile program", Schmerler said.
He said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will likely discuss that proposal with the North Koreans soon. Their reporting was corroborated by an earlier NBC story published Friday. The official was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter and requested anonymity. In the meantime, he explained, the US has been trying to gauge North Korea's seriousness, but it seems likely that the White House has already gotten that answer in the form of the Defense Intelligence Agency assessment which was leaked to NBC News and the Post.
They added that, "North Korean officials are exploring ways to deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads, and missiles and the types and numbers of facilities they have, believing that the United States is not aware of the full range of their activities".
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"We have developed a program. We can get, physically, we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year".
Bolton told CBS News that if Pyongyang has already made the "strategic decision" to end its weapons development program and "they're cooperative, we can move very quickly".
"Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles", said another. "And it is to North Korea's advantage to dismantle very quickly". Stanford University academics, including nuclear physicist Siegfried Hecker, a leading expert on the North's nuclear program, have proposed a 10-year roadmap for that task; others say it could take less time.
The Financial Times reported that Pompeo hopes to visit Pyongyang in the second week of this month.
"I'll make my utmost efforts", Xi responded, according to the sources.