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'They Keep the Bomb': U.S. Intel Agencies Reportedly Find North Korea Is Snubbing Trump and Building New Missiles

Trump assured the U.S. that the nuclear threat was gone — but he was wrong.

Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

When President Donald Trump declared after a summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore that North Korea was "no long a Nuclear Threat," no informed person believed him.

And the more time elapses since the summit, the more preposterous Trump's declaration looks.

More evidence that Trump had no idea what he was talking about emerged on Monday when the Washington Post reported that U.S. intelligence agencies believe that North Korea is building new missiles at the factor that created the first weapons that could reach the United States.

The Post reports:

Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence.

The findings are the latest to show ongoing activity inside North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities at a time when the country’s leaders are engaged in arms talks with the United States.

Previous reports had shown that the Trump administration had been far too confident when it took the Kim regime's word that it was committed to "denuclearization." Last month, intelligence agencies found that North Korea had continued to produce nuclear fuel even amidst negotiations with the U.S. Experts concluded that the Kim regime is trying to "deceive" the U.S. government. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed these findings last week.

Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, argued to the Post that the Trump administration's understanding of the regime has been entirely backward.

"North Korea is not negotiating to give up their nuclear weapons,” he said. “They are negotiating for recognition of their nuclear weapons. They’re willing to put up with certain limits, like no nuclear testing and no ICBM testing. What they’re offering is: They keep the bomb, but they stop talking about it.”

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.