Japan has lowered its military readiness level against North Korean missiles as Washington embarks on delicate nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang, a report said today, citing multiple unnamed sources close to the matter.
The report contradicts President TrumpDonald John TrumpScaramucci warns Trump must "change tactics now" on trade Trump sought to purchase historic Scottish building for hotel: report Republican wins right to replace Farenthold in Congress MORE's claim that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat after his meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore last month.
China and the U.S. both hope to see the Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons.
"There is a possibility that it's a warning sign to the North Korea that they are and will be aware of such concealments", a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University said. Shortly after the June 12 meeting between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore, Chinese Foreign ministry said sanctions are "not the goal in themselves".
The report stated that North Korea has "at least one undeclared facility to enrich nuclear fuel" besides Yongbyon, the main nuclear location.
FILE PHOTO: White House National Security Advisor John Bolton steps from Air Force One upon U.S. President Donald Trump's arrival in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 16, 2018.
The findings support a new, previously undisclosed Defense Intelligence Agency estimate that North Korea is unlikely to denuclearise.
The Washington Post reported on Saturday that USA intelligence officials have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully give up its nuclear arsenal and is considering ways to hide the number of weapons it has.
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"Analysts at the CIA and other intelligence agencies don't see it that way, according to more than a dozen American officials who are familiar with their assessments and spoke on the condition of anonymity", it reported.
As of now, there is little proof that North Korea intends to go down that road, longtime North Korea observers say.
On "Face the Nation" and "Fox News Sunday", Bolton refused to talk about a Washington Post report that USA intelligence officials have concluded North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile and is preparing to deceive the United States about the number of nuclear warheads in its arsenal and the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material. "We had a very good chemistry". "I think they're very serious about it".
"We know exactly what the risks are - 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.
"I'm sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year", Bolton said.
In recent years, the United States, through imagery and computer hacking, has improved its intelligence collection in North Korea.
Washington has reportedly devised a programme to dismantle North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a year.