Though President Trump told FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, that he believes Jong-un is "very serious" about denuclearization and that he had "very good chemistry" with the North Korea leader when they met earlier this month in Singapore.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo will travel to North Korea on July 5 to continue talks with Kim Jong-un's government on nuclear disarmament, the White House said Monday, even as new questions have been raised about Kim's intentions.
"If not for me", he added, "we would now be at War with North Korea!" Complains only opposition party that includes fake news.
Satellite images taken nine days after the Singapore summit showed North Korea continuing to build on the infrastructure at a key nuclear reactor.
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.
"We don't have any announcements or plans to roll out at this point", Sanders said.
Two days later, NBC News reported that, according to unnamed United States officials, "US intelligence agencies believe that North Korea has increased its production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months-and that Kim Jong-un may try to hide those facilities as he seeks more concessions in nuclear talks with the Trump administration".
Pompeo's visit comes days after the first in-person meeting between the US and North Korea over the weekend.
In addition, Bolton pointed out that it's advantageous for the North to move quickly to achieve the goal of complete denuclearization, which the regime committed to during the Singapore summit on June 12th.
The specific wording said North Korea would "work towards" denuclearization.
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".
The Washington Post also reported on Saturday that a newly revised Defense Intelligence Agency assessment said North Korea did not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile and may be looking to hide its weapons and production facilities, including secret facilities not previously disclosed. Such missiles are more concerning to US military planners because they can be kept hidden while fueled, making them easier to deploy and harder to target during any attack.
"It's odd because it's nearly Diplomacy 101: Countries will always tell you what you want to hear", Zakaria said.
Washington and Pyongyang have yet to negotiate a plan for how North Korea will denuclearize.
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. "What I can tell you is that we're continuing to make progress", she said.