North Korea Could Dismantle Nuclear Program within a Year

North Korea Could Dismantle Nuclear Program within a Year

USA officials told NBC News they believe North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un might try to hide more nuclear facilities while he continues talks with Trump.

U.S. National security adviser John Bolton listens to question as speaks to the media after his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, on June 27.

US President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island in Singapore.

Bolton said the US has a program in the works that would allow for North Korea's nuclear program to be dismantled 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. I'm sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year", Bolton said. The Financial Times reported that Pompeo was due to visit North Korea this week but Reuters has not been able to confirm his travel plans.

But U.S. intelligence is reporting signs that Pyongyang doesn't intend to fully give up its arsenal.

USA officials reportedly believe North Korea has no intention of giving up its nuclear stockpile and will hide at least some weapons despite agreeing to denuclearize last month.

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Another U.S. official cautioned: "Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles".

"But there's not any. starry eyed feeling among the group doing this that we're well, well aware of what the North Koreans have done in the past", he added. "We're well aware of what the North Koreans have done in the past".

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.

The U.S. side was "working to see whether they can prepare for high-level talks between Secretary Pompeo and Kim Jong Un and others in Pyongyang that would be a specific denuclearisation road map, or at least significant dismantlement steps that could fill in a roadmap", he said.

Bolton's supposed one-year plan, which was widely panned by North Korea experts on Sunday, is similar to what he used to call the "Libya model".

Asked about Trump's claim that the North Korea threat had been eliminated, Pompeo said Trump had meant to say only that the threat had been reduced.

North Korea's past behavior offered a cautionary tale for the Trump administration ahead of the Singapore summit, with Pyongyang having reneged on earlier airy promises regarding denuclearization. "North Korea remains free to manufacture more nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction - even though it has unilaterally frozen testing of its nuclear weapons and certain ballistic missiles".

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