Bolton: N. Korea Could Dismantle Nuclear Program Within a Year

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday he believes that most of North Korea’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs can be dismantled within a year.

Bolton told CBS News that if Pyongyang has already made the “strategic decision” to end its weapons development program and “they’re cooperative, we can move very quickly. Physically we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year.”

But Bolton declined to comment on a Washington Post report that North Korea is trying to obscure and hide its nuclear program even after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed at last month’s Singapore summit with U.S. President Donald Trump to “work toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

There were no details in the Singapore pact that Kim and Trump signed on how and when Pyongyang might end its nuclear weapons program.

Bolton said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would soon begin discussions with North Korean officials on details of the disarmament.

Bolton expressed optimism that Kim would carry out his country’s denuclearization.

Source : VOA


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Trump: No More Nuclear Threat from North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump declared Wednesday, “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea,” as he returned home from a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!”

Kim agreed Tuesday “to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” during the summit, while Trump unexpectedly said he was suspending military drills with South Korea. Trump on Wednesday said “We save a fortune by not doing war games, as long as we are negotiating in good faith – which both sides are!”

The document the two leaders signed did not include details of how and when North Korea would denuclearize, nor did it spell out exactly what “security guarantees” the United States would provide to North Korea.

Critics pointed to the lack of specifics in the agreement while questioning whether Trump gave up too much while securing too little in return during his several hours of talks with Kim in what was the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

Trump has defended the agreement as a major step in dealing with the threat of nuclear-armed North Korea and said he believed Kim’s government would start the process of living up to the agreement right away.

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Rouhani: Action Needed to Save Nuclear Deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says it will be difficult for Tehran to stay in the 2015 nuclear accord it signed with world powers if it cannot benefit from the agreement.

Rouhani told French President Emmanuel Macron in a phone call Tuesday that the remaining co-signers to the treaty — France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China — will have to find a way to compensate Iran after President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the pact and reimpose sanctions.

In the landmark agreement, reached during the Obama administration, the world powers had agreed to lift international sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran’s promise to scale back its nuclear activities.

Trump said the deal was flawed because it favored Iran more than the others. His decision to withdraw in May has left France, Germany and Britain scrambling to make sure Iran receives enough financial incentive to stay in the deal.

Rouhani’s website quoted him as saying: “We must not let this great achievement of diplomacy be destroyed by others’ unilateral actions, which are unfaithful to their promises.”

French officials have indicated that the rest of the signatories plan to meet soon in Vienna.

Source : VOA


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