"They're Trying To Deceive Us" - North Korea Adding To Nuclear Stockpiles, Satellite Photos Reveal

In what appears to be the latest indication that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's talk about abandoning the country's nuclear arsenal is disingenuous, US intelligence believes Kim has increased nuclear enrichment activities at several "secret" facilities in recent months, even after securing a major concession from the US and South Korea to cancel their upcoming joint military exercises. 

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According to NBC News, the intelligence assessment appears to contradict President Trump's declaration that the North is "no longer a nuclear threat," and analysts at the CIA and other intelligence agencies agree.

Instead, the intelligence community sees the North's overtures as part of a scheme to extract every concession it can from the Trump administration, while clinging to nuclear weapons it believes are essential to survival. Notably, the report comes just two weeks after the historic Singapore summit that produced a vague agreement between the two sides to "work toward" denuclearization.

While the North has stopped its nuclear tests, its enrichment activities have only accelerated.

In recent months, even as the two sides engaged in diplomacy, North Korea was stepping up its production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons, five U.S. officials say, citing the latest intelligence assessment. North Korea and the U.S. agreed at the summit to "work toward" denuclearization, but there is no specific deal. On Trump's order, the U.S. military canceled training exercises on the Korean peninsula, a major concession to Kim.

While the North Koreans have stopped missile and nuclear tests, "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production," said one U.S. official briefed on the latest intelligence. "There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the U.S."

Four other officials familiar with the intelligence assessment also said North Korea intended to deceive the U.S.

While the US has long been aware of North Korea's enrichment facility at Yongbyon, as well as a second "secret" enrichment site that the US government has declined to name for security reasons, it appears satellites have discovered a second "secret" site where enrichment activities appear to be ongoing.

Satellite photos purport to show unusual movement at the facility that would suggest enrichment is continuing.

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Courtesy of 38 North

While the the missile and nuclear tests have stopped, "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production," one anonymous US official told NBC News. "There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the U.S."

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Courtesy of 38 North

To be sure, the Trump administration has already walked back the "not a nuclear threat" line, after Mike Pompeo told lawmakers on Wednesday that the North remains a nuclear threat, according to the Hill.

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Courtesy of 38 North

Still, the findings underscore a belief that's widely held by national security strategists, including Harry Kazianis, the director of the Center for the National Interest think tank, who told the Hill that "there is no way North Korea will ever give up its nuclear weapons - ever."

He argued that the latest satellite imagery is evidence that North Korea has no intention of giving up its nuclear program, which it has long seen as key to its survival.

"Since the summit we have learned that North Korea is looking for one thing only from the Trump administration: nuclear acceptance, not disarmament," Kazianis said.

But while Trump made significant concessions during the Singapore Summit, he also reaped several important (to Trump) benefits: Namely, a lift in his poll numbers that he's hoping to extend with next month's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. And of course, all of these 'Trump-Kim Summit success'-busting headlines are coming from the same intel agencies who are "all" convinced Trump won because Russia colluded to fix the election - and we note that 38 North - the organization that provided and analyzed the satellite images - had this to say "Continued work at the Yongbyon facility should not be seen as having any relationship to North Korea’s pledge to denuclearize."

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sheikurbootie Sat, 06/30/2018 - 11:26 Permalink

Dream on MSM.  There will be peace in Korea and the liberal retards just can't take it.

Wait until the new Conservative SCOTUS Justice is breezed through.  Their heads will IMPLODE and then explode.

bigkahuna charlewar Sat, 06/30/2018 - 11:52 Permalink

We can know all about NKs nuke activities but we cannot know a thing of the internals of the rosenstink muler FBI FISA wtf investigation. Whatever.

I wish to whiz in thy coffee deepstate - first voiding too.

Edit: I am forgetting that the self righteous narcissists probably drink tea - they'll not discern the difference then.

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Klassenfeind gregga777 Sat, 06/30/2018 - 12:52 Permalink

"There is no way North Korea will ever give up its nuclear weapons - ever..."

Duh! 🙄

Did the Trumptards here on ZH really think that Dufus J. Trump (+ Mattis + Bolton + Pompeo + Goldman Sachs + Netanyahu +Haspel + The Deep State + The Swamp), who; 1) promised to spend even more on 'defence' than his predecessors, 2) loves waterboarding, and 3) is a big fan of the NSA, was going to bring peace and justice?

Did anyone really think that North Korea (i.e. China!) was going to roll over just because Trump makes a few tweets and shows up in Air Force One at a meeting?

Hahahaha! You DEPLORABLE dumbfucks!

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moon_unit Four Star Sat, 06/30/2018 - 13:55 Permalink

The 38 North quote in full is the following:

"Continued work at the Yongbyon facility should not be seen as having any relationship to North Korea’s pledge to denuclearize. The North’s nuclear cadre can be expected to proceed with business as usual until specific orders are issued from Pyongyang."

It would be very easy to misinterpret the first sentence to mean exactly the opposite of what the author intended, and it seems the "unnamed officials" would like exactly that, but it means "Yongbyon facility work does not rule out the NK pledge to denuclearize"

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caconhma rejected Sat, 06/30/2018 - 15:41 Permalink

Nobody in a sound state of mind can trust Trump. Orange Orangutan is a charlatan.

Orange Orangutan was a Democrat and now he is a Republican. Tomorrow, Trump will be a Socialist. After all, as a major NY slumlord, he did/does very well closely working with Clinton family, GS, and other NY mafia chieftains.

Just ask yourself: what did Trump do for American people and working families? He is a vulgar bum who cannot even lie straight.   

 

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MarsInScorpio Four Star Sat, 06/30/2018 - 17:24 Permalink

Four Star:

I don't know why anybody would downvote you. The charts and graphs that you come up with are pretty good, and at least they provide facts and not off the wall opinion like so many people around here do.

Please don't be discouraged by the dumbasses. Keep posting the charts and graphs, and keep informing us with facts that we can use.

Thank you!

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Sparkey dirty fingernails Sat, 06/30/2018 - 19:21 Permalink

"while Trump is unwaveringly Israel First." Everyone is a Israel Firster, Dirty Fingernails you profess not to be, and that is still your right, even a lot of Muslim believe in the "Chosen People Story, scratch a Christian and you will find an Israel Firster, everyone loves the Jews but they wonder,, Why do they have to act so unruly?, it is an infantile reaction, they seem to be continuously in a state of belligerence and foot stomping anger over something, often an event from long in the Past.

 

Donald Trump is a Patriot and deserves the Nation's Highest Honor for calming down the Korean situation, as long as they are talking there will be no bombs falling, I think President Trump brought a lot of good things Home from this deal! Who knows where the talks may lead, only idiots condemn a good idea to failure before it has even really started, and if it fails,,, what then, there is no return to the past

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bluez bigkahuna Sat, 06/30/2018 - 12:17 Permalink

Does anybody really think that Trump believes that Norko will ever give up one nuclear weapon? Really? We have real nice bridges over the Big River that I will gladly sell cheap.

Trump may be the first president who embarkes on major foreign policies purely for showmanship. Oh and the Mexicans are going to pay for the huge wall? Yeah sure. It seems like a little side show that Trump uses to test how stupid his fellow Americans are.

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DjangoCat Klassenfeind Sat, 06/30/2018 - 13:10 Permalink

Sorry to butt in here Klassenfeind, but you are blowing smoke anyway.

I have seen this piece before so did not read this particular version of it.  This is fake news at work, folks.

Folks should know that everything you get from NBC, or BBC, or Economist, or CBC, or CNN or MSNBC is designed to make you stupid, to deceive you and to lead you to war, the great enricher of the criminal class.

Folks should know that the old folksy folker Barry Obummer  is part of the club, and Hitlery is her handmaid.

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Tom_Pain BurningFuld Sat, 06/30/2018 - 14:01 Permalink

When you take the first letter of each paragraph in that article, and put them together, it spells out the word, "GULLIBLE."

Do y'all naive motherfuckers not realize that this satellite reconnaissance data isn't exactly available to the general public.  It's not like the media can just put in a FOIA request for "TOP SECRET PHOTOS OF NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR FACILITIES."  Trump's deep-state handlers are spoon-feeding this information to us, through government-licensed media channels.  There is an agenda here.

What's it going to take to influence the American Hive-Mind?  North Korean princesses testifying before Congress that babies are being yanked out of incubators?

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DingleBarryObummer directaction Sat, 06/30/2018 - 11:51 Permalink

Regardless whether it's made up news from a fake news outlet, or incidental/convenient real news from a fake news outlet; it's obvious Kim is not going to give up his toys right away, maybe ever.  It's still great that Trump met with him though.  It was a first step of a very long and complicated process that had to be made if relations are ever going to improve.

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gregga777 DingleBarryObummer Sat, 06/30/2018 - 12:02 Permalink

They're not very good at Maskirovka if the North Korean's intent was to deceive the US. They'd better go back to Russia for some remedial education in Maskirovka. 

And deception about what? Did I miss the momentous announcement? That the North Koreans and Americans signed a verifiable arms control regime along with an end to the Korean War, etc., etc., etc. at the recent Trump-Kim summit? No?

Then what's all the hyperventilating about? Paul Krugman wanting to pump up GDP by a having war destroy South Korea and Japan?

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bshirley1968 DingleBarryObummer Sat, 06/30/2018 - 12:19 Permalink

Exactly. Everyone who sees a news story that they don't want to believe immediately runs to the "fake news" corner of safety or points out how the MSM is just lying again.

While I don't disagree about the lying one has to apply common sense and reasoning to what is being said.

To this article I would apply the following question: "If I were Kim, would I give up my nukes?" Answer: Not just no, but Hell No! Like others have pointed out, the only things that has happened so far is some gum flapping.....nothing real.

Common sense says Kim's nukes got Trump to the table, and the more nukes and capability he has during negotiations gives him more leverage during said negotiations. He would be stupid to stop or even slow down at this point.

Now you can call NBC liars and fake news.....and I wouldn't disagree.....but you can't argue with my common sense.....you can only deny the reality of it.

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Ex-Oligarch bshirley1968 Sat, 06/30/2018 - 22:55 Permalink

So, to your comment, I would apply the following questions:  "If I were Kim, would I pass up the opportunity to reintegrate my impoverished, isolated backwater of a country with the world economy; end a state of Cold War that has persisted for decades, leading to endless insecurity with the constant threat of immediate destruction; and end the ongoing attempts of foreign intelligence agencies to infiltrate and destroy my regime? The first such opportunity my country has had since the shooting stopped in the Korean War? Do I want to piss off my last major source of international support, China?  Or do I want to do a deal with the US to denuclearize?  And if I do want to denuclearize, do I want to alienate the guy I'm negotiating with by lying to him when I know he'll find out I'm lying, and when he has already made it clear he'll walk away from the negotiation? Who has more to lose here?"

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casfoto Ex-Oligarch Sun, 07/01/2018 - 09:27 Permalink

How about that really the deal was between North and South Korea? The main thing is to get China and the Koreas together and get the US out of the peninsula. If North Korea has them and they sign the Nuclear treaty which Israel and ourselves are not part of then the world would be very happy about that. The US and Israel are being disdained for their heavy handed approach. Are we being taken seriously after we just opted out of the WTO?

This article is a John Bolton special!! Hot of his press. 

 

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