North Korea still a nuclear threat, say US intelligence officials

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Over the weekend, separate reports citing American officials seemed to confirm what so many experts have long feared - that despite the overtures and sunny proclamations made at the Singapore summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang probably has little interest in dismantling its nuclear programme.

My colleagues Ellen Nakashima and Joby Warrick reported that evidence gathered by US intelligence officials in the weeks since the June 12 summit led to the conclusion that North Korea "does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile, and instead is considering ways to conceal the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities". Their reporting was corroborated by an NBC story published last Friday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2018, with the headline North Korea still a nuclear threat, say US intelligence officials. Subscribe