North Korea has increased production of fuel for the making of nuclear weapons
Questions of Kim Jong Un’s recent alleged commitments to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula are now being raised as a new report claims North Korea is covertly producing fuel at secret sites.
According to US intelligence, North Korea has increased production of fuel for the making of nuclear weapons despite the recent meeting with Donald Trump and assurances to the U.S., South Korea, and China of their commitment to denuclearization.
Leaked satellite images revealed operations continuing at the Yongbyon nuclear site, with even several new buildings erected according to monitoring website 38 North.
Towards the end of the recent Singapore talks, Kim insisted he would ‘work toward’ the goal, but there are fears that there is still an undefined denuclearisation or set a deadline.
According to The DailyCaller: North Korea has put a moratorium on weapons testing, but “there’s no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production,” an official explained to NBC, adding, “There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the U.S.”
The most prominent enrichment facility is at Yongbyon, but many Korea watchers have long suspected there were other facilities.
After the historic Singapore summit, where President Donald Trump met Kim for the first time, Trump proudly tweeted that North Korea was “no longer a nuclear threat.” The tweet has not aged well.
“This assessment says there is more than one secret site. That means there are at least three, if not more sites,” Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at California’s Middlebury Institute of International Studies, told Reuters, adding that the NBC report also reveals the North Koreans did not openly disclose all of their nuclear fuel facilities.
“Together, these two things would imply that North Korea intended to disclose some sites as part of the denuclearization process, while retaining others.”
Satellite images from June 21 reveal North Korea has also been making improvements to the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, North Korea watchdog 38 North revealed Tuesday.
The U.S. has negotiated a number of agreements with North Korea over the past several decades, and all of them have failed, typically because the North violated the agreement.