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United States intel agency believes Kim won't fully denuclearize

President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning said the U.S. would be at war with North Korea if it weren't for him.

But the continued talks come as reports from USA intelligence agencies reveal that Pyongyang is continuing to work on its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile systems while engaging in negotiations.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, told NBC on Sunday that if the intelligence reports are true, North Korea is "saying one thing and doing another, nobody should be surprised".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a news briefing that the United States was "continuing to make progress" in talks with North Korea.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that North Korea was considering ways to hide its nuclear weapons and secret production facilities.

Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, White House national security adviser John Bolton said that Pompeo would be "discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year".

Recent revelations include an NBC News report that said U.S. intelligence agencies believe the North has increased its production of enriched uranium fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to arrive Friday in Pyongyang for his third visit in three months.

After the meeting, Trump tweeted that there was no longer a nuclear threat from the country.

Bolton said Pompeo will present Kim with a USA plan for complete Korean denuclearization within a year during his upcoming trip to North Korea. "There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the U.S". The president tweeted last month that there "was no longer a nuclear threat" posed by North Korea.

Separately, he told "Fox News Sunday" that "we are using the full range of our capabilities to understand what North Korea is doing".

USA officials, led by Ambassador Sung Kim, met with their North Korean counterparts Sunday at the demilitarized zone that divides North and South Korea, the first such meeting since the Singapore summit.

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.

North Korea appears to be finalizing the expansion of a key ballistic missile manufacturing site, according to an analysis of satellite imagery by researchers in the United States. "Kim may want to give up his weapons but the generals may not". According to some reports, Pompeo may make another visit to North Korea this week for more talks.

Experts say Pompeo will have to coax significant reciprocal steps from North Korea that would firmly lock the country into a process of disarmament to justify the suspension of the U.S.



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