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North Korea unwilling to reveal total nuclear warheads in its arsenal, production facilities, says US intelligence

Washington: North Korea is considering ways to conceal the number of nuclear weapons it has and its secret production facilities, a media report claimed Sunday.

The US intelligence officials have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpiles, The Washington Post reported, citing intelligence officials.

Such a development is contrary to the promise made by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to President Donald Trump during their 12 June summit meeting in Singapore.

 North Korea unwilling to reveal total nuclear warheads in its arsenal, production facilities, says US intelligence

File image of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Reuters

Kim had pledged to work toward the "complete denuclearisation" in return for security guarantees from the US.

According to the daily, evidence collected by US intelligence points to preparations to deceive the US about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea's arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material for nuclear bombs.

"The new intelligence, described by four officials who have seen it or received briefings, is based on material gathered in the weeks since the summit," the daily said.

Some US officials believe that North Korea has about 65 nuclear warheads.

Further in addition to the known uranium-enrichment facility, some 60 miles north of Pyongyang, North Korea is also believed to have operated a secret underground uranium enrichment site known as Kangson, the daily said.

The 38 North, which monitors North Korean nuclear activities, has claimed that the latest satellite images show that it is making "rapid" improvements to its Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center.

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Updated Date: Jul 01, 2018 10:47:47 IST

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