In his rosy assessment, Trump claimed that “only the Opposition Party” and the news media are presenting a different picture of his efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula in the wake of his June 12 summit with North Korea leader Jim Jong Un.
“Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “In the meantime, no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months. All of Asia is thrilled. Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining. If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to depart on July 5 for his third trip to North Korea to continue negotiations.
Evidence newly obtained by U.S. officials points to preparations to deceive the United States 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, officials told The Post.
The findings support a new, previously undisclosed Defense Intelligence Agency estimate that North Korea is unlikely to denuclearize.
Trump has offered exuberant assessments about progress with North Korea for weeks, declaring in a previous tweet that “there is no longer a nuclear threat” from North Korea. At a recent rally, he also said he had “great success’’ with Pyongyang.
The last North Korean missile test was a little more than seven months ago, on Nov. 28, 2017. The latest of six nuclear tests was 10 months ago, on Sept. 3, 2017. The nuclear tests have been relatively infrequent; the one before that was a year earlier, in September 2016.
Ellen Nakashima and Joby Warrick contributed to this report.