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USA intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in nuclear talks with the United States, NBC News quoted US officials as saying on Friday.

The Post's report corroborates a Friday exposé by NBC News that quoted US intelligence officials warning of North Korea's attempts to hide information from the USA about its nuclear program.

The intelligence assessment, which had not previously been reported, seemed to counter the sentiments expressed by US President Donald Trump, who tweeted after his June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore that there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea, NBC said.

The North Koreans may have made a public show of destroying a main nuclear weapons test site before the summit and halted nuclear and missile tests, but "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production", a USA official told NBC.

One U.S. official said the regime has stopped nuclear and missile tests but "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production".

President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Sunday the US has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year. "We are watching closely".

Siegfried Hecker, a nuclear scientist and Stanford University professor, visited the heart of North Korea's nuclear program in Yongbyon in 2010.

"That Yongbyon continues to receive scarce funds speaks to its continued value to the regime". Bolton added that it would be to the North's advantage to cooperate to see sanctions lifted quickly and aid from South Korea and Japan start to flow.

All this, despite a historic summit between Trump and Kim just weeks before. We've seen how the North Koreans have behaved before. The President's been very clear.

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.

"I'm confident what [Trump] intended there was, 'We did reduce the threat, '" Pompeo told the panel. "I don't think there's any doubt about that".

When grilled by lawmakers about the specifics of the administration's denuclearization plan for North Korea, Pompeo said he was "not prepared to talk about the details of the discussions that are taking place".

"Now we're saving a lot of money", Trump said of the cancellation of large-scale military drills that involve flights of U.S. bombers from the Pacific U.S. territory of Guam.

National security adviser John Bolton said Sunday that North Korea has not yet provided the USA with details on the scope of its nuclear arsenal amid news reports that indicate North Korea is attempting to continue its nuclear program.



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