Talks with N. Korea Going Well

Kim Jong Un visits the Sinuiju Chemical Fibre Mill

Trump administration officials say North Korea's nuclear program could be fully dismantled in one year, laying out an ambitious time frame if Kim Jong-un's regime cooperates with the U.S.

President Donald Trump claimed credit for preventing war with North Korea - even as evidence mounts that Kim Jong-un has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons.

An NBC News report on Friday quoted US officials saying USA intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in talks with the United States. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government.

He added: "They know the schedule of satellites going over North Korea".

Appearing on a different Sunday talk show on CBS News, his National Security Advisor John Bolton said that the United States has developed a programme to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons.

North Korea has been showering the United States and South Korea with goodwill gestures in recent months, including the shutdown of its main nuclear testing site and the release of three American detainees.

"All of Asia is thrilled".

Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines and a veteran of nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang, met with North Korean officials on Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.

If those negotiations succeed and the denuclearization process moves ahead, Mr. Bolton says the administration believes it can accomplish its goal fast.

Despite Trump's rosy post-summit declaration that the North no longer poses a nuclear threat, Washington and Pyongyang have yet to negotiate the terms under which it would relinquish the weapons that it developed over decades to deter the US.

North Korea's deputy sports minister, Won Kil U, led the North's welcoming party. In the statement, Kim also said that his country would commit "to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

But the continued talks come as reports from USA intelligence agencies reveal that Pyongyang is continuing to work on its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile systems while engaging in negotiations. "If it's our going-in position, it's fine".

In this Thursday, May 24, 2018 photo, smoke and debris rise in the air as barracks buildings for guards and tunneling workers at North Korea's nuclear test site are blown up at Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province, North Korea.

The White House has expressed its positivity over USA and North Korea's future proceedings, but has not commented on recent U.S. intelligence leaks, which have discovered that Kim Jong-un had been actively expanding his nuclear arsenal. Some aspects of the new intelligence were reported on Friday by NBC News.

A USA official told The Associated Press that the Post's report was accurate and that the assessment reflected the consistent view across US government agencies. The official was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. Pyongyang has often had its own complaints about Washington over slow delivery of aid and imposition of sanctions.

Former UN weapons inspector David Albright told CNN on Monday that his firm has new information about a secret North Korean facility producing highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium.

Kim has agreed to take visible steps to improve U.S.

The president - who tweeted after the summit that "there is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea" - said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he believes Kim is honest, although he acknowledged a deal may not work out. "And without those inspections, we can have no guarantee that North Korea is not cheating again".

The current view on Kim directly addresses his intentions rather than the overall capabilities of his weapons programs.

Speaking on national television on Sunday, national security adviser John Bolton spoke about the idea of denuclearization for the North.



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