New satellite photos show that Kim Jong Un is continuing to develop his nuclear weapons program, and US intelligence sources say they believe North Korea has increased its production of nuclear fuel at multiple sites.
"North Korea has made no new commitments to denuclearisation, and in fact has backed away from its previous commitments", Abraham Denmark, Asia Program director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told a House committee in late June.
Bolton said on Sunday that Pompeo would be presenting their one-year plan to the North Koreans soon, but just a few days prior, Pompeo declined to put a timeline on negotiations with Pyongyang.
"Physically we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year".
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo has tried to walk that statement back, but Pompeo has also falsely tweeted on Saturday that Kim Jong-un had agreed to "fully verified denuclearization" - which again, would be pretty hard to do without having an actual agreement in place.
Pompeo has already visited Pyongyang twice since April to meet with Kim - the first time when he was still director of the Central Intelligence Agency - and there are discussions about a possible third trip to North Korea late next week but such a visit has not yet been confirmed.
The North Koreans may have stopped missile and nuclear tests in recent months, but as one US official briefed on the latest intelligence told NBC, "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production".
The nuclear-armed North's leader Kim Jong Un promised to "work toward" denuclearization at a landmark summit in Singapore in June with US President Donald Trump.
President Trump said North Korea is (quote) "very serious" about denuclearization.
North Korea understands scope of USA denuclearisation request - Pompeo
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, then serving as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, reportedly pushed for Harris' placement in Korea.
Officials say North Korea plans to keep the U.S. in the dark about how many warheads it has, how much fissile material is in its possession and where all of its nuclear facilities are located.
"There's not any starry-eyed feeling among the group doing this", he said. -North Korean diplomacy prior to the Singapore summit.
At the same time, United States envoy Sung Kim held talks with North Korean officials on Sunday in the border village of Panmunjom within the demilitarised zone between the North and South Korea, South Korean media reported on Sunday.
Pressure will now be on Pompeo to make progress in negotiations with North Korea to turn the summit declaration into concrete action.
"This is why people want North Korea to declare all its facilities up front", Wit said.
Pompeo told reporters the day after the Singapore summit on June 12 that Washington hoped to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea within Trump's current term, which ends on January 20, 2021. They're very, very different; the president treats them differently. Trump said that in return, the USA would end its "very provocative" and "tremendously expensive" war games with longtime ally South Korea. President Trump also highlighted that he envisions a great future for North Korea.
Watch above, via Fox News. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem.
Trump defended his decision to suspend "war games" with close ally South Korea - a significant concession to North Korea, which so far has suspended nuclear and missile tests and destroyed tunnels at its nuclear test site but not taken further concrete steps to denuclearize.