Kim, it seems, has outmaneuvered Trump and turned him into his personal capon, a juicy morsel ready to pop into the oven.
Trump set out to "denuclearize" the Korean peninsula and he figured his irresistible personality and deal-making skills had convinced Kim to give up his missile and nukes. Americans could sleep peacefully in their beds once more. The Nobel Prize was surely to be his for Trump had outshined all others - again.
Yeah. Mmmm-no. American intelligence agencies report that Kim has wasted no time getting back to the business of building up his stocks of weapons-grade nuclear materials and building more and more missiles.
U.S. intelligence agencies believe that North Korea has increased its production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months — and that Kim Jong Un may try to hide those facilities as he seeks more concessions in nuclear talks with the Trump administration, U.S. officials told NBC News.
The intelligence assessment, which has not previously been reported, seems to counter the sentiments expressed by President Donald Trump, who tweeted after his historic June 12 summit with Kim that "there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea."Trump was played - badly. He was conned. But, having assured his base that he had tamed the little "rocket man," he can't even open his mouth without making himself out to be a fool.
Analysts at the CIA and other intelligence agencies don't see it that way, according to more than a dozen American officials who are familiar with their assessments and spoke on the condition of anonymity. They see a regime positioning itself to extract every concession it can from the Trump administration — while clinging to nuclear weapons it believes are essential to survival.