Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

As US, NK resume talks, experts say speedy denuking unlikely

As US, NK resume talks, experts say speedy denuking unlikely

Analyst Hong Min at Seoul's Korea Institute for National Unification downplayed the significance of the new disclosures, saying Pyongyang and Washington haven't yet agreed on detailed disarmament steps the North is obliged to take.

But US intelligence assessments suggested North Korea had deceived Mr Trump, after it was discovered he had been secretly increasing production of enriched uranium, prompting expert Gordan Chang warning the situation to be "incontrovertible".

But that vague statement bypassed crucial details about how and when North Korea would proceed with its denuclearization pledge.

The White House has characterised ongoing meetings as positive but not commented on recent news reports of U.S. intelligence assessments saying North Korea has been expanding its weapons capabilities.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that new satellite images show the North is completing a major expansion of a plant that makes solid-fuel ballistic missiles and re-entry vehicles for warheads that could potentially be used to strike the United States.

A US official told the Associated Press that the Posts report was accurate and that the assessment reflected the consistent view across USA government agencies for the past several weeks. It did, however, note that Pompeo and "relevant high-level" North officials will hold follow-up negotiations "at the earliest possible date" to see through the outcomes of the summit.

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Mr Trump said the USA "would be at war with North Korea" if he had not stepped in and skilfully halted Kim Jong-un's nuclear ambitions - despite U.S. intelligence leaks suggesting North Korea is still expanding its nuclear arsenal. At a recent rally, he also said he had "great success" with Pyongyang. Some aspects of the USA intelligence were reported Friday by NBC News. US intelligence agencies became aware of the nuclear facility in 2010. The official was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.

South Korea's Hyundai business group built a basketball stadium in Pyongyang during a previous era of rapprochement between North and South Korea, and a joint game was played there in 2003. But those reported activities could add to misgivings in the United States, which has seen agreements with the North flounder before, often amid allegations of evasion or cheating.

"Denuclearization is no simple task".

It remains to be seen how far Kim would go in rolling back his nuclear program, which he may see as a stronger guarantee of his survival than whatever security assurances Washington could provide. He said that would include transparency by North Koreans about the nuclear material they have, the engineering of it and the missiles that would deliver those nuclear weapons as well as other weapons of mass destruction.

"If they have the strategic decision already made to do that, and they're cooperative, we can move very quickly", he told CBS' "Face the Nation" program. "I don't want a war with North Korea".

FILE - In this June 27, 2018, file photo, 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.

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