Defense Intelligence Agency analysts suspect North Korea may have produced 12 nuclear weapons since the first summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last year, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing analysts from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
The meeting was the first of two summits between the leaders to discuss the nuclear disarmament of North Korea. Trump and Kim also had a third meeting at the demilitarized zone last month.
The security analysts estimated North Korea could have between 20 and 60 nuclear bombs, the Journal reported Friday.
Since their first summit in June 2018, Trump has downplayed concerns that North Korea has continued its nuclear weapons program.
In a recent interview, the president said that Kim “promised” he wouldn’t develop the program further. Trump has also expressed confidence that North Korea will not conduct “testing of rockets and nuclear” weapons.
“One of the things, importantly, that Chairman Kim promised me last night is, regardless, he’s not going to do testing of rockets and nuclear,” Trump said in February after a second summit with Kim in Vietnam. “Not going to do testing. So I trust him, and I take him at his word. I hope that’s true.”
The president also tweeted in May that he has “confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me.”
North Korea tested two short-range missiles on Thursday, calling it a “solemn warning” against “South Korean warmongers.”
The missiles were fired into the Sea of Japan from North Korea’s east coast.
On Friday, Trump said he’s not concerned by North Korea’s latest missile test, and repeatedly downplayed the projectiles as “short-range” while touting his relationship with the North Korean leader.
The Hill adds:
The Journal also reported that activity at the country’s weapons facilities suggest that North Korea has continued to make fissile material and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Jenny Town of the Stimson Center, a security think tank, and Jeffrey Lewis of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies told the Journal that shipping containers, trucks and crowds moving materials at the facilities could indicate the production of such weapons.