May 31, 2018 10:35
The CIA has concluded that North Korea has no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons but may allow a Western burger franchise to open in Pyongyang.
"Everybody knows they are not going to denuclearize," an intelligence official who read the report told NBC on Wednesday.
The channel said the CIA report, "which is consistent with other expert opinions, casts doubt on the viability of [U.S. President Donald] Trump's stated goal for the negotiations, the elimination of North Korea's nuclear weapons stockpile."
"On the nuclear question, the analysis suggests that a more realistic immediate objective would be convincing Kim to walk back recent progress on the country's nuclear weapons program," it added.
But the report also included the forecast that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "may consider offering to open a Western hamburger franchise in Pyongyang as a show of goodwill."
"It suggests Kim is interested in a peaceful gesture to an American president whose love of fast-food burgers is well known -- and who, during the 2016 campaign, had said he wanted to talk nukes over a burger with the North Korean leader," NBC added.
The report also predicts Kim may "offer other limited American investment in North Korea, particularly in infrastructure. The U.S. and South Korea would likely focus on food delivery -- possibly through the United Nations -- and other agricultural development."
Yet the CIA has been closely negotiating with North Korea on the run-up to a summit between the two countries' leaders in Singapore early next month, and it seems the report was either written long before preparations for the summit started or exposes rifts in opinion within the agency.
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