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Intelligence Reports: North Korea Still Building Nukes

Intelligence Reports: North Korea Still Building Nukes
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By    |   Monday, 10 September 2018 08:03 AM

President Donald Trump's administration is taking a more aggressive position on North Korea as evidence grows that the country is still producing nuclear weapons despite promises of denuclearization, according to senior U.S. officials.

According to new intelligence, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's regime is escalating efforts to conceal nuclear activity, NBC News reports, including building structures to hide the entrance to one warhead storage facility just in the months after Trump met with Kim in Singapore.

North Korean workers have also been observed moving warheads from the facility. One former U.S. official said the country does that often, "so our sensors are confused."

Intelligence officials have also said North Korea could make between five and eight nuclear weapons in 2018, keeping the country in line with its usual production of around six weapons a year before the Singapore summit.

Trump has been publicly friendly with Kim, including tweeting his thanks last week for declaring his "unwavering faith" and saying that the U.S. and North Korea will "get it done together."

Sunday, North Korea held its annual Foundation Day parade, but did not display any ICBMS, leading Trump to say "experts" saw the move as a sign of Kim's "commitment to denuclearization," while thanking Kim again.

However, a National Security Council spokesman, whose name was not reported, told NBC Trump is personally directing a high-pressure campaign against North Korea, which includes stepping up maritime efforts against ships and nations violating trade sanctions.

Officials from North and South Korea are to start high-level talks in Pyongyang, starting on Sept. 18, and the next week, Trump will be in New York City for the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.

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