North Korea's Kim asked China to bring early end to sanctions - Yomiuri

He also reiterated that he got along with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, adding that the two discussed various issues including denuclearization as well as the return of the remains of US troops killed during the Korean War.

Kim has taken no visible steps, however, to fulfill the terms of the agreement in the the three weeks since they met. While the official would not detail the precise intelligence that has led to this conclusion, the agency utilizes satellite imagery, electronic intercepts and human intelligence gained from operatives.

The current view on Kim directly addresses his intentions rather than the overall capabilities of his weapons programs. "We are not going to confirm or deny any intelligence reports". The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

But Kim told reporters at the Capella Hotel that they have chosen to "leave the past behind".

"Our goal remains the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK, as agreed to by Chairman Kim in Singapore", the department said Monday. "We're well aware of what the North Koreans have done in the past".

"This assessment says there is more than one secret site".

The president tweeted Tuesday that talks on the next steps with North Korea are "going well" and claimed his efforts had defused any nuclear threat. North Korea has repeatedly demanded security guarantees in exchange for any denuclearization, arguing that the objective of the Kim regime's nuclear weapons program is to protect the communist dictatorship from a theoretical American attack.

On "Face the Nation" and "Fox News Sunday", Bolton refused to talk about a Washington Post report that U.S. intelligence officials have concluded North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile and is preparing to deceive the USA about the number of nuclear warheads in its arsenal and the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material.

The U.S. side was "working to see whether they can prepare for high-level talks between Secretary Pompeo and Kim Jong Un and others in Pyongyang that would be a specific denuclearization road map, or at least significant dismantlement steps that could fill in a roadmap", he said.

During the Singapore summit, Kim repeated his vague pledge to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

He said the move would also allow aid from South Korea and Japan to start flowing in.

"Kim has never offered to disarm".

Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at California's Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said there were two "bombshells" in the NBC report. "He's arming, not disarming".

The White House has characterized ongoing meetings as positive but not commented on recent news reports of USA intelligence assessments saying North Korea has been expanding its weapons capabilities.

"We have developed a program". "If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they are cooperative, we can move very quickly". That is where all six of North Korea's nuclear tests had been carried out.

"We would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programmes within a year", Bolton said.

The findings support a new, previously undisclosed Defense Intelligence Agency estimate that North Korea is unlikely to denuclearize.

US President Donald Trump said the United States would be at war with North Korea "if not for me" and his relationship with leader Kim Jong Un - even as reports say the regime continues to work to develop its nuclear arsenal.

The foreign intelligence source who spoke to CNN said it would be worrisome if the administration does not have a timeline by September. "Now we'll let their actions speak for themselves".

He added, "There isn't any starry-eyed feeling among the group doing this". That from President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton on Sunday.

Trump and his aides have also held out the possibility of a second presidential meeting with Kim later in the year, though they are making no promises at this point.