US Officials — North Korea Stepping Up Nuclear Program

Donald Trump with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Singapore, June 12, 2018

US intelligence agencies assess that North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months.

The findings, confirmed by “more than a dozen American officials”, contradict Donald Trump’s proclamation, after his June 12 summit with Kim Jong-un, that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea”.

The officials believe Kim, far from dismantling the nuclear program, may try to hidefacilities as he seeks more US concessions in negotiations.

Trump made the first concession at the summit, surprising both the US and South Korean militaries with the suspension of joint military exercises — “war games”, in the words of both North Korea and Trump — that have been held for decades.

One official said, while the North Koreans have stopped missile and nuclear tests since last November, “There’s no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production….There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the US.”

“Four other officials familiar with the intelligence assessment” concurred.

The US intelligence community has long assessed that North Korea has at least one undeclared facility to enrich nuclear fuel aside from Yongbyon, its main site.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

3 COMMENTS

  1. The only deal that came from ther summit was a freeze for freeze deal. The US offer to cease war excercise was in return for NK stopping it’s nuclear and missile testing.

    Both sides also agreed to further talks. Trump was correct in the sense that there is certainly no threat of a North Korean nuclear attack. How is it deceptive do continue a program it did not agree to stop? The assessment has been around since May, so Trump would have been briefed on these facts – assuming Trump has the attention span to digest it.

    It looks like there is an attempt by the deep state to sabotage any possible future deal.

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