North Korea Could Denuclearize in a Year, Bolton Says

North Korea Could Denuclearize in a Year, Bolton Says

Evidence collected since the June 12 summit in Singapore points to preparations to deceive the USA about the number of nuclear warheads in North Koreas arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material for nuclear bombs, according to the report.

However, the officials believed North Korea was "positioning itself to extract every concession it can from the Trump administration - while clinging to nuclear weapons it believes are essential to survival", NBC News reported.

Production of nuclear fuel has also ramped up while North Korea expands and improves a ballistic missile site.

It was the first face-to-face meeting between USA and North Korean officials since Mr Trump's June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore.

North Korea is expanding its factory that builds ballistic missiles capable of striking USA military installations, according to new satellite images.

The meeting comes amid growing scrutiny of Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearization and as joint efforts to repatriate the remains of US troops from North Korea are taking longer than many anticipated.

"There are lots of things that we know that North Korea has tried to hide from us for a long time", one USA official said. On CBS's Face the Nation this weekend, Bolton asserted that, if North Korea agreed, "we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year".

According to reports in South Korea, Sung Kim met with North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Choi Sun Hee at Panmunjom for an hour and a half Sunday.

But the Singapore meeting failed to clearly define denuclearization or produce a specific timeline toward dismantling the North's atomic weapons arsenal.

Mr Bolton, who has expressed hard-line views on North Korea, said if Pyongyang has chose to give up its nuclear weapons program and is cooperative, then "we can move very quickly" and they can win sanctions relief and aid from South Korea and Japan.

The games precede a visit to North Korea by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for meetings over the future of the North's nuclear program.

The images, taken by San Francisco-based Planet Labs Inc. and analyzed by researchers at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies (MIIS) in Monterrey, show the construction of the Chemical Material Institute in the North Korean city of Hamhung.

If Kim cooperates, Mr Bolton said, the process would happen quickly.

On Sunday, Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, publicized the more ambitious one-year plan that he said Pompeo will be discussing with the North Koreans.

Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang will be followed by a stop in Tokyo, where he is expected to meet with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts. Pompeo will meet with UAE leaders to discuss ways to further strengthen the US-UAE partnership and advance their common security and economic priorities, Nauert added. "In the last eight months you haven't seen missile launches". -South Korea war games. "The Secretary has said - and he's been very clear about this, and I know it's much to your frustration - but we're not going to get into all the details about the discussions that are taking place", she told reporters.

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