Saturday, June 30, 2018- NBC News quoted U.S. officials reported, “U.S. 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”.
On Friday, the report was presented about ‘the network said what it described as the latest U.S. intelligence assessment appeared to go counter to sentiments expressed by President Donald Trump, who tweeted after an unprecedented June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea”.
Lewis said in the report, “This assessment says there is more than one secret site. That means there are at least three if not more sites. Together, these two things would imply that North Korea intended to disclose some sites as part of the denuclearization process while retaining others”.
“There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the U.S.,” NBC quoted one official as saying.
The CIA declined to comment on the NBC report. The State Department said it could not confirm it and did not comment on matters of intelligence. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
NBC quoted one senior U.S. intelligence official as saying that North Korea’s decision ahead of the summit to suspend nuclear and missile tests was unexpected and the fact that the two sides were talking was a positive step. They further raised questions about North Korea’s readiness to enter serious negotiations about giving up a weapons programme that now threatens the United States, in spite of Trump’s enthusiastic portrayal of the summit outcome.