N. Korea aims to hide key parts of nuclear program

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Bolton's remarks on CBS' "Face the Nation" appeared to be the first time the Trump administration had publicly suggested a timeline for North Korea to fulfill the commitment leader Kim Jong Un made at a summit with President Donald Trump last month for the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

United States Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) mocked President Donald Trump on social media Saturday morning, sarcastically saying that reports of North Korea continuing to expand its nuclear program just weeks after a summit between the two countries could not possibly be true.

Experts have been divided on the summit, with some saying that a dialogue between the two countries is worth the effort while others have warned the USA would gain little, and there was no sign the North Koreans would give up nuclear weapons as part of these talks.

Kim asked Xi to help ease the sanctions that have crippled North Korea's economy, and urged China to back Pyongyang in its denuclearisation talks with Washington, the report said.

Murphy was referring to reports of satellite images that show North Korea continues to make upgrades to its main nuclear research facility in Yongbyon.

White House national security adviser John Bolton.

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The findings support a new, previously undisclosed Defense Intelligence Agency estimate that North Korea is unlikely to denuclearise.

"I'm confident what (Trump) intended there was, 'we did reduce the threat, '" Pompeo told a Senate panel.

Pompeo told reporters the day after the Singapore summit on 12 June that Washington hoped to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea within Trump's current term, which ends on 20 January 2021. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. I went there. So the papers say, "He went", oh, meaning I went to Singapore.

Appearing on CBS's Face the Nation, Bolton said he did not want to comment on the reports or on "anything related to intelligence" - NBC having quoted more than a dozen senior United States intelligence officials and the Post four.

Bolton agreed that North Korea "certainly" has a history of using diplomacy as a cover, but said "Kim Jong Un was very emphatic several times in Singapore that he was different from prior regimes".

"I think they're very serious about it", the President responded.

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The Washington Post report comes on the heels of an NBC News report Friday that found us officials believe North Korea has increased fuel production for nuclear missiles at several secret research facilities.

He said the administration was well aware of North Korea's track record over the decades in dragging out negotiations with the U.S.to continue weapons development.

"I am sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their [weapons of mass destruction] and ballistic missile programs in a year", Bolton said.

"I don't want a war with North Korea", Graham said.

Joel Wit, a former diplomat who helped the USA negotiate with North Korea including a nuclear agreement between the US and the regime in 1994, said the US believed the rogue regime had two sites to "enrich nuclear fuel" including Yongbyon and another, but the name of the center was not revealed.

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