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We'd be at war with North Korea if it wasn't for me

We'd be at war with North Korea if it wasn't for me

His suggestion that he single-handedly prevented a war with North Korea is impossible to test.

President Donald Trump defended his denuclearization efforts with North Korea on Tuesday, despite the concerns of US intelligence officials who say there is no evidence Kim Jong Un plans to give up his nuclear weapons programs.

Like many North Korea observers, he has been skeptical of Pyongyang's sincerity about denuclearization and has pointed out that the administration faces considerable challenges and questions on the issue following the Trump-Kim summit. The 38 North analysis explicitly noted that ongoing work at Yongbyon "should not be seen as having any relationship to North Korea's pledge to denuclearize.

I think they want to do it", he said in a prerecorded interview.

On "Face the Nation" and "Fox News Sunday", Bolton refused to talk about a Washington Post report that United States intelligence officials have concluded North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile and is preparing to deceive the USA about the number of nuclear warheads in its arsenal and the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material. "If it's our going-in position, it's fine". "We aren't going to confirm or deny any intelligence reports. If it's our bottom line, it's dead on arrival and then provides a pretext for John Bolton to make mischief".

"It is perfectly rational for North Korea to shift the emphasis to developing solid fuel missiles now that it already has a suite of liquid fuel missiles to deter an attack", he said.

The Washington Post on Saturday cited unnamed USA intelligence officials as concluding that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile.

Meanwhile, top officials from the US and North Korea are following up on the commitments reached at the June 12 summit in Singapore.




A report in Axios on Monday suggested if talks go well, Trump could invite Kim to NY in September to continue the dialogue as the UN General Assembly gets under way.

"There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the U.S". The official was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter and requested anonymity. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government.

"Denuclearization is no simple task".

The planned visit comes amid reports that North Korea has been secretly expanding a major missile plant, potentially suggesting that the country doesn't plan to fully divest itself of its nuclear ambitions.

"It would be physically possible to dismantle the bulk of North Korea's programs within a year", said Thomas Countryman, the State Department's top arms control officer under President Barack Obama. But U.S. intelligence agencies believe Pyongyang is concealing an unknown number, including smaller tactical nuclear weapons, in caves and other underground facilities around the country.

Former UN weapons inspector David Albright told CNN on Monday that his firm has new information about a secret North Korean facility producing highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium.

And they say such assurance can not be achieved by a hasty promise or written agreement. "The North's nuclear cadre can be expected to proceed with business as usual until specific orders are issued from Pyongyang".

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