Gareth Porter returns to the show to talk about North Korea’s nuclear program and the chances for denuclearization. One roadblock to denuclearization, he explains, is that the U.S. doesn’t know precisely how many nuclear weapons the North Koreans have, nor where they keep them, so it would be impossible to verify with any certainty that all the weapons were destroyed. Another roadblock is that John Bolton seems dead set on stopping a peace deal, going so far as to leak details of a DIA report to the press, perhaps in an attempt to turn the media against President Trump’s meeting with Kim.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Media, Hardliners Play Up North Korean Nuclear “Deception” Claim” (Truthout)
  • “The Media’s Brazen Dishonesty About North Korean Nuclear Violations” (The American Conservative)
  • “North Korea has increased nuclear production at secret sites, say U.S. officials” (NBC)
  • “North Korea working to conceal key aspects of its nuclear program, U.S. officials say” (Washington Post)
  • David Albright
  • A.Q. Khan
  • Ken Dilanian

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on the national security state, and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Follow him on Twitter @GarethPorter and listen to Gareth’s previous appearances on the Scott Horton Show.

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