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South Korean Basketballers Arrive in North to Mix Sports, Diplomacy

South Korean Basketballers Arrive in North to Mix Sports, Diplomacy

The State Department said Pompeo would leave North Korea on Saturday for Tokyo and on Sunday hold talks on the crisis and regional issues with both Japanese and South Korean officials.

An NBC News report on Friday quoted US officials saying 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 talks with the United States. "If it wasn't for me, now we would be at war with North Korea", he wrote.

Bolton said the U.S.is "going to try and proceed to implement what the two leaders agreed to in Singapore", specifically "how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year".

A senior U.S. intelligence official also said last week that Pyongyang was continuing to "deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles".

"We know exactly what the risks are of them using negotiations to drag out the length of time they have to continue their nuclear, chemical, biological weapons programs and ballistic missiles", he said on Face the Nation in the United States over the weekend.

The secretary of state may press North Korea to allow the recovery of some of the nearly 7,700 soldiers still unaccounted for after the 1950-53 Korean War, the most concrete agreement to come out of Trump-Kim summit.

"The (intelligence community) doesn't assess that Kim Jong Un is acting in good faith ... they're probably fed up with the fact that (Trump) and Pompeo keep publicly touting their trust in one of the most definitively untrustworthy regimes the U.S. has ever negotiated with", the source said. Saying there were no concessions made by Washington, President Trump also highlighted that he envisions a great future for North Korea.

Even if North Korea is cooperative, the magnitude of dismantling its weapons of mass destruction programs, believed to encompass dozens of sites, will be tough, according to Stanford University academics, including nuclear physicist Siegfried Hecker, a leading expert on the North's nuclear program.

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump last month.

The satellite images showed that North Korea appears to be fast- tracking upgrades on the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center. Team Prosperity defeated Team Peace 103-102, with North Korea's Ro Suk Yong scoring 18 points, according to pool reports.

If those negotiations succeed and the denuclearization process moves ahead, Mr. Bolton says the administration believes it can accomplish its goal fast.

Given North Korea's long history of deception, such reports are likely to raise more questions about exactly what was achieved at Singapore.

Jeffrey Lewis, the director for the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at MIIS, said most of the plant was built in May, after Kim's summit with South Korean president Moon Jae-In. "It shows that they are fully committed to maintaining their ballistic missile program".

In testimony before a US Senate committee, Mr Pompeo declined to go into specifics but suggested the scope of what the US has in mind.