US officials claim North Korea increasing nuclear production

Lost in translation?

Despite apparent assurances by Kim Yong Un at the Singapore summit, and confidence expressed by Donald Trump that North Korea will denuclearize, US officials claim that North Korea has been improving secret nuclear facilities and  increasing it’s production of nuclear fuel.

The Hill: Satellite images raise alarms about North Korean nukes

Satellite images showing North Korea making substantial improvements to one of its nuclear research facilities are raising alarms that the government has little interest in actually giving up its nuclear arsenal.

Just two weeks after President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a deal committing the U.S. to security guarantees in exchange for North Korea denuclearizing, satellite images show the country making “rapid” improvements to its Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, according to 38 North, which monitors the country.

“There is no way North Korea will ever give up its nuclear weapons — ever,” said Harry Kazianis, director of The Center for the National Interest think tank, in response to the latest news.

He argued that the latest satellite imagery is evidence that North Korea has no intention of giving up its nuclear program, which it has long seen as key to its survival.

“Since the summit we have learned that North Korea is looking for one thing only from the Trump administration: nuclear acceptance, not disarmament,” Kazianis said.

NBC News: North Korea has increased nuclear production at secret sites, say U.S. officials

U.S. intelligence agencies believe that North Korea has increased its production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months — and that Kim Jong Un may try to hide those facilities as he seeks more concessions in nuclear talks with the Trump administration, U.S. officials told NBC News.

The intelligence assessment, which has not previously been reported, seems to counter the sentiments expressed by President Donald Trump, who tweeted after his historic June 12 summit with Kim that “there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”

Analysts at the CIA and other intelligence agencies don’t see it that way, according to more than a dozen American officials who are familiar with their assessments and spoke on the condition of anonymity. 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.

NBC on 12 June 2018: Trump, Kim sign agreement after North Korea summit; war games put on hold

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a joint statement Tuesday agreeing to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The pact came at the end of a historic half-day round of negotiations that marked the first time a sitting U.S. president had met with his North Korean counterpart.

“From the beginning, we got along,” Trump later told reporters.

The president said the pair had “developed a very special bond,” describing Kim as “a very talented man.”

Trump said his meeting with Kim was “honest, direct and productive.”

Earlier, Trump said the agreement would “absolutely” lead to the denuclearization of North Korea — and “very quickly.”

“We had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind and sign a historic document,” Kim said through a translator. “The world will see a major change.”

North Korea being unreliable is not a change at all.

The seem to have very quickly resumed nuclear production despite the vague agreement made with the US and despite Trump’s optimism.

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