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Trump, Kim Jong-un could meet again in NYC

Trump, Kim Jong-un could meet again in NYC

Trump tweeted Tuesday, noting that Kim's government has not conducted rocket launches or nuclear tests in eight months. They see "a regime positioning itself to extract every concession it can from the Trump administration - while clinging to nuclear weapons it believes are essential to survival".

Mr Trump, in remarks broadcast on Fox News Sunday, said Pyongyang was "very serious" about efforts toward denuclearisation.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that USA intelligence officials have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully give up its nuclear arsenal and is considering ways to hide the number of weapons it has.

USA intelligence is not certain how many nuclear warheads North Korea has.

According to recently released satellite imagery acquired by the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, North Korea appears to have expanded one of its missile manufacturing plants, the Chemical Material Institute located in the city of Hamhung, between April and June. Even that was viewed as bullish by nonproliferation experts considering the scale of North Korea's weapons program and its history of evasion and reluctance to allow verification of disarmament agreements.

"I made a deal with him, I shook hands with him, I really believe he means it", said Trump.

"If not for me, we would now be at war with North Korea!"

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"It has not. Physically, we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year", Bolton said.

According to US National Security Advisor John Bolton, North Korea will shut down the majority of its nuclear weapons programs within a year. The reports, citing an unidentified diplomatic source, said that Andrew Kim, head of the CIA's Korea Mission Center, delivered a letter from Pompeo to Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's main envoy in talks.

At one point, he explicitly threatened to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" in response to North Korean aggression. "Secondly, they likely targeted (Trump), asking if he was deceived by North Korea because no progress has been reported in the three weeks after the summit".

"Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well!" he tweeted.

The Stanford team has proposed a 10-year roadmap, based on its belief that "North Korea will not give up its weapons and its weapons program until its security can be assured".

The analysis, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, is the latest to undercut Trump's assurances that North Korea is "no longer a nuclear threat" after his June 12 meeting with Kim in Singapore. "I think they're very serious about it". So, unless the Trump administration is going to scrap the USA nuclear arsenal, then the whole exercise is a sham, and the purported concessions won by the dealmaker in chief don't exist.