The North Koreans "Don't Have any Intention of Denuclearizing." — Kazianis on CNBC

Saul Bowman
July 6, 2018

"We have developed a program", Bolton said, "...about really how to dismantle all of their WMD [weapons of mass destruction] and ballistic missile programmes in a year".

"We're very well aware of North Korea's patterns of behavior over decades of negotiating with the United States". 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".

The New York Times reported Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will make his third trip to North Korea this week with a proposed schedule for that nation's disarmament.

It's unclear whether Pyongyang would agree to that.

It will be the first visit by a senior US official since President Donald Trump's historic meeting with Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, where the North Korean leader committed to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula. But recently disclosed information has contradicted that claim.

Thanks to an incredible new report published Friday by NBC News, it seems the hermit kingdom is increasing the production of fuel for more nuclear weapons. Interviewed on NBC's Meet the Press, Lindsey Graham of SC said North Korea would "regret it" if nuclear talks collapsed.

The Trump administration, for its part, clings to the unsafe delusion that North Korea has agreed to give up its nuclear weapons in return.

"We know exactly what the risks are - them using negotiations to drag out the length of time they have to continue their nuclear, chemical, biological weapons programs and ballistic missiles", he said.

'None of this activity technically violates any agreement Kim may have made, ' said Vipin Narang, an associate professor at MIT's security studies programme. He warned this would only be possible with "full cooperation" from North Korea.

The country's top diplomat is likely to meet with North Korean leader Kim to discuss in detail the denuclearization process, especially with what the North can do next.

South Korea's Hyundai company built a basketball stadium in Pyongyang during the "Sunshine Period" of engagement between the North and South and a joint game was played there in 2003.

But satellite images have shown that in recent months North Korea has continued to work on a nuclear facility and missile factory, prompting some analysts to suggest Mr. Kim had already double-crossed Mr. Trump.

North Korea has repeatedly threatened to attack the USA after decades of hostility and suspicion since the 1950-53 Korean War closed with a ceasefire. -South Korea war games.

The factory in question produces wound-filament airframes and nozzles for engines used in solid-fuel missiles, particularly the Pukguksong series of rockets, the report said. Only worldwide inspectors, allowed inside the facilities by mutual agreement, could do that. We should give it a try and see where it goes. Some experts think Kim is modeling his country's nuclear future after Pakistan, which began building a nuclear arsenal in the 1990s to deter India and is now estimated to have more than 100 warheads that are deliverable by short- and medium-range weapons and aircraft.

The announcement contrasts with comments from U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton that he expected Pompeo to discuss a denuclearization timetable with the North. Others think Kim might try to drag out the process and wait out the Trump administration, which a year ago had provided a credible threat of military force against the North.

To date, Kim has halted nuclear and missile tests and has destroyed tunnels at the North's nuclear test site, but the authoritarian nation has yet to take concrete steps toward abandoning its weapons programs.

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