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Trump’s team frustrated with North Korea progress, Kim Jong Un demeanor

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Recent
intelligence suggests North Korea has continued its nuclear
activities, even after pledging to work toward denuclearization
at a summit with President Donald Trump in
June.

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  • President Donald Trump’s advisers are growing increasingly
    impatient with the “frustratingly slow” progress with North Korea
    regarding denuclearization.
  • Trump’s advisers reportedly don’t feel North Korean leader
    Kim Jong Un is serious about denuclearizing. 
  • Recent intelligence suggests the rogue state has
    privately continued its nuclear activities
    , despite the
    president’s assurances of progress. 

President Donald Trump’s advisers are growing increasingly
impatient with the “frustratingly slow” progress with North Korea
regarding denuclearization, according to The New Yorker,
which spoke with half a dozen former US government
officials and allied diplomats who’ve been briefed by Trump
officials on the subject. 

Trump administration officials are particularly concerned,
according to the report, with Trump’s “very public embrace” of
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, widely considered to be among
the most repressive rulers in the world.

The president, for example, recently
tweeted
 that “Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims
‘unwavering faith in President Trump.’ Thank you to Chairman Kim.
We will get it done together!”

Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June, where North Korea
ultimately pledged to work toward the denuclearization of the
Korean Peninsula. But recent intelligence suggests the rogue
state has
privately continued its nuclear activities
, despite Trump’s
assurances of progress. 

The president’s top advisers are reportedly perturbed by
his views on the matter. One former official told The New Yorker
that “none of them is where the president is.” 

“Their view is that North Korea is not serious about
denuclearizing. The president, however, thinks history began when
he became president,” the official added. 

Jung Pak, the former top analyst on Kim at the CIA who left
the agency last summer, told The New Yorker the North Korean
leader is actively trying to divide Trump from his team. Recent
statements from the North Korean government, for example, have
alleged the president’s advisers are trying to “thwart” his
wishes when it comes to North Korea. 

“Kim watches us as much as we watch him and, unfortunately
for us, this presidency is wide open,” Pak said. 

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