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North Korea nuclear programme ‘can be dismantled in year’

02 July 2018

Trump made the declaration after his June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, during which the President promised Kim to stop the "war games" by ending US military exercises with South Korea.

North Korea will dismantle its nuclear program within a year, White House national security adviser John Bolton insisted on Sunday despite recent reports that North Korea's atomic weapons program is very much alive.

Bolton said the USA has a program in the works that would allow for North Korea's nuclear program to be dismantled within a year. "We can get, physically, we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year". The Financial Times reported that Pompeo was due to visit North Korea this week but the State Department has not confirmed any travel plans.

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.

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The nuclear-armed North's leader Kim Jong Un promised to "work toward" denuclearization at a landmark summit in Singapore in June with US President Donald Trump.

"President Trump told us 'North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, '" Murphy said.

According to the daily, evidence collected by United States intelligence points to preparations to deceive the U.S. about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea's arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material for nuclear bombs. "And our concern about what they're doing in the 2018 election and what President Putin said through a translator of course but what he said was there was no meddling in 2016 by the Russian state". But North Korean officials are suggesting that they declare far fewer.

Over the weekend NBC News first reported that Pyongyang has in fact recently been increasing fuel production for nuclear weapons at several hidden sites.

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As U.S. intelligence agencies continue to gather information about North Korea's actions, any breach of the nuclear agreement by Kim could warrant a return to the tense relationship that characterized U.S.

"I don't think anybody ought to have a case of the vapors" about President Trump's rhetoric on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Russia, Bolton said, adding that the meeting will allow the leaders to cut through the "political noise" of alleged Russian collusion.

Trump reiterated in an interview broadcast today that he thinks Kim is serious about denuclearization.

Trump has claimed the process of dismantling the nuclear program would start quickly, saying late last month that "it will be a total denuclearization, which is already taking place".

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"North Korea remains free to manufacture more nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction - even though it has unilaterally frozen testing of its nuclear weapons and certain ballistic missiles", he said.

North Korea nuclear programme ‘can be dismantled in year’