WSJ reports that North Korea expands key missile-manufacturing plant

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

Then on Sunday night, the Wall Street Journal reported that researchers have determined that North Korea is rapidly completing a major expansion of a key missile-manufacturing facility - one that produces reentry vehicles and solid-fuel ballistic missiles created to enable nuclear strikes with greater surprise or at greater distances.

"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".

"The expansion suggests that, despite hopes for denuclearization, Kim Jong Un is committed to increasing North Korea's stockpile of nuclear-armed missiles", David Schmerler and Jeffrey Lewis, the report's authors, wrote.

Kim agreed to the "complete denuclearization" of North Korea at a summit with Trump in Singapore in June, but the latest activity on certain North Korean sites seems to run contrary to the Kim regime's promises of disarmament.

The report directly contradicts President Donald Trump's claim that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

John Bolton, special adviser to the White House on security matters, told CBS's "Face the Nation" that the United States was prepared to move "very quickly" to dismantle the program if they could ensure North Korean co-operation.

Siegfried Hecker, a nuclear scientist and Stanford University professor, has predicted it would take around 10 years to dismantle and clean up a substantial part of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear site.

Trump administration officials are also less bullish than the president was.

The Washington Post, citing intelligence sources who did not wish to be named, reported on Saturday that us intelligence officials have concluded that the Pyongyang regime has no intention of fully surrendering its nuclear stockpile, but was planning "to hide the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities".

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"I made a deal with him".

'Physically we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year'.

Evidence collected since the pair's historic meeting points to secret production facilities and the development of methods to conceal weapons creation - implying Pyongyang is aiming to hide plans to continue its nuclear program from the U.S., having made contrary, if ambiguous, commitments to Washington. "We're well, well, well aware of what the North Koreans have done in the past".

Trump held a press conference to go over his historic meeting with Kim Jong Un today.

Asked how quickly he believes North Korea will turn over its arsenal, Bolton told CBS he believes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be in discussions with North Koreans in the near future about "really how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year".

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The reports of Pyongyang's "business-as-usual" nuclear program come despite Trump's post-summit boast that North Korea was "no longer" a nuclear threat.

Scarborough pointed out later in the segment that the only visible concession made on either side was that the President cancelled joint military exercises with South Korea, a major concession to Kim Jong Un. I think they want to do - we had a very good chemistry.

United States Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) mocked President Donald Trump on social media Saturday morning, sarcastically saying that reports of North Korea continuing to expand its nuclear program just weeks after a summit between the two countries could not possibly be true.

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