"If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they're cooperative, we can move very quickly", he said.
United States intelligence has collected evidence pointing to plans by Pyongyang to deceive the West into thinking it has dismantled its nuclear program and push for sanctions relief, the Washington Post reported late Saturday.
The North Korean leader seems to consider the lifting of the sanctions as a pillar of "gradual concessions" by the United States, the sources said.
Some experts disputed Bolton's optimistic time frame. I really believe he means it.
"At the same time, North Korea hasn't even returned the prisoner of war remains that they said they were going to return", she continued.
The report stated that North Korea has "at least one undeclared facility to enrich nuclear fuel" besides Yongbyon, the main nuclear location.
Kim Hyo-sun tells us more.
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According to the report, intelligence officials have obtained new evidence collected in the wake of the landmark June 12 summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un which points to secret production facilities and efforts to conceal ongoing weapons creation - implying Pyongyang is aiming to hide plans to continue its nuclear program from the US, having made contrary, if ambiguous, commitments to Washington.
However, his comments Sunday came just one day after NBC reported that they were told by more than a dozen USA officials that North Korea is pushing forward with its nuclear program at multiple secret sites. It also reported Pyongyang has secret production facilities, according to the latest evidence they have.
A team of U.S. officials led by envoy Sung Kim met with North Korean officials Sunday at Panmunjom, the border village between North and South Korea in the demilitarized zone, senior State Department officials told CNN.
He said the one-year program the U.S.is proposing would cover all of the North's chemical and biological weapons, nuclear programs and ballistic missiles. "And our concern about what they're doing in the 2018 election and what President Putin said through a translator of course but what he said was there was no meddling in 2016 by the Russian state". -North Korean diplomacy prior to the Singapore summit.
"There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the USA", the official said.
Republican Senator Susan Collins said she was troubled by the news reports.
Another of Trump's fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate, Lindsey Graham, echoed the need for scepticism.
"There's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production", NBC quoted one United States official as saying.