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Posted July 02, 2018

North Korea intends to maintain some of its nuclear stockpile and production facilities while potentially concealing them from the United States, The Washington Post reported Saturday, citing U.S. officials.

National security advisor John Bolton claimed on Sunday that the Trump administration has a plan to denuclearize North Korea which would only take one year.

US President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island in Singapore.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has acknowledged that it could take years to implement any agreement on eliminating North Korea's nuclear stockpile, a hard-won asset that North Korean leaders regard as a guarantor of their survival.

"Physically we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year". According to some reports, Pompeo may make another visit to North Korea this week for more talks.

The discussions will address Central Intelligence Agency reports that North Korea has increased its production of nuclear weapons fuel, according to a US Congressional source.

USA officials reportedly believe North Korea has no intention of giving up its nuclear stockpile and will hide at least some weapons despite agreeing to denuclearize last month.

The officials, who spoke to the Post on condition of anonymity, said that the US Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that North Korean officials are exploring ways to deceive Washington about the number of nuclear warheads and missiles they have, and the types and numbers of facilities they have, believing that the United States is not aware of the full range of their activities.

"There's not any starry-eyed feeling among the group doing this", he said.

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Kim is the USA ambassador to the Philippines and has been one of the key United States officials dealing with the North Koreans leading up to the Trump-Kim summit.

Over the weekend NBC News first reported that Pyongyang has in fact recently been increasing fuel production for nuclear weapons at several hidden sites.

However, one official pointed out that, despite the assessment, the talks between the USA and North Korea were positive and Kim's decision to destroy a major missile-testing site and suspend nuclear and missile tests were a step forward.

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.

Just last week, Trump said that North Korea was destroying four of its nuclear test sites and that the process of "total denuclearisation. has already started".

"At the same time, North Korea hasn't even returned the prisoner of war remains that they said they were going to return", she continued.

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Five people were killed and three more injured after a gunman attacked the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday. Trump feuded with G7 leaders during a summit in Canada last month over trade, abruptly dropping support for a routine joint statement.

The president also made it sound as though the had made a real deal with Kim, when all they actually did was sign a vague mutual commitment to denuclearization.