Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers said that intelligence shows that the U.S. should not trust promises from North Korea, The Hill reportedm, and government officials believe that North Korea is continuing to manufacture missiles.
“I think it’s troubling, and I think it goes to the issue that in these negotiations we have to have our eyes wide open,” said Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska. “These guys cheated on every single agreement, either Kim Jong Un or his dad or his grandfather.”
“I read some additional classified materials this morning, and everything, both the public and private, would indicate they continue to move along in their program,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
“Obviously, we’ve got a lot of work to do to change the trajectory of their program, but it’s continuing on today,” Corker added.
“I’m not surprised. What we heard from the experts prior to the Singapore summit was that it’s unlikely that Kim Jong Un would give up his nuclear weapons, and that he would look for a way to be able to continue to have a nuclear weapons capacity,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., The Hill reported.
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a statement in June in which North Korea agreed to work toward denuclearization in exchange for unspecified security guarantees from the U.S., The Hill noted.
Experts have warned that while North Korea has not conducted a nuclear test in months, they were likely to have continued missile production.
“The North Koreans have never said they were going to freeze their missile and nuclear weapons production, so this was to be expected,” said Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for National Interest, The Hill reported.
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