North Korea's Kim asked China's Xi to help lift sanctions

North Korea has reportedly increased nuclear production since summit contradicting President Trump's claims

The latest USA intelligence assessment of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program suggests that "North Korean officials are exploring ways to deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads, and missiles and the types and numbers of facilities they have, believing that the United States is not aware of the full range of their activities", the Post reported, citing four us officials who have seen or been briefed on the latest intelligence.

Despite Trump's rosy post-summit declaration that the North no longer poses a nuclear threat, Washington and Pyongyang have yet to negotiate the terms under which it would relinquish the weapons that it developed over decades to deter the U.S. Doubts over North Korea's intentions have deepened amid reports that it is continuing to produce fissile material for weapons.

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 U.S. would gain little, and there was no sign the North Koreans would give up nuclear weapons as part of these talks.

Japanese defense ministry officials were not available for immediate comment.

Speaking to Fox, Trump also sought to shrink the perceived cost of the declared agreement falling through, seeking to frame his negotiations with North Korea as having been achieved without concessions. After his own meeting with Kim, Trump unexpectedly announced plans to suspend joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea that had previously been seen as a vital measure to contain the North Korean threat. Earlier this week, the monitoring group 38 North reported that North Korea had made rapid improvements to a nuclear reactor.

"It would be wrong if China lifts economic sanctions without any indication of denuclearization from North Korea... but North Korea has made a commitment for complete denuclearization and took some steps proactively", said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies. Have I been in deals, have you been in things where, people didn't work out?

That project has been in limbo since the North's execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek in 2013.

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Appearing on CBS's Face the Nation, Bolton said he did not want to comment on the reports or on "anything related to intelligence" - NBC having quoted more than a dozen senior USA intelligence officials and the Post four.

While North Korea made a public show in June of demolishing the country's main nuclear weapons test site, there has been little public evidence of efforts to dismantle scores of other sites linked to production of nuclear and chemical weapons and delivery systems. I went there. So the papers say, "He went", oh, meaning I went to Singapore.

Bartiromo asked him about the historic summit with Kim in Singapore just weeks ago, saying North Korea should be telling the U.S.

"I do trust him", Trump told ABC News of Kim in the hours after the Singapore summit, adding that the North Korean leader will be "de-nuking the whole place".

"Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles", said another. "I think they're very serious about it".

"I don't want a war with North Korea", Graham said.

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