North Korea has reportedly been ramping up production of fuel for nuclear weapons at a number of secret sites as the country's leader Kim Jong-un negotiates the Trump administration.
"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", NBC reported.
In May, Pyongyang also invited foreign journalists to witness the official dismantling of its only nuclear site Pungyye-ri but even that has not convinced experts about the former's intention.
And that, Bermudez explains, is because North Korea is engaged in a sophisticated campaign of "camouflage, concealment and deception with its weapons of mass destruction program" aimed at keeping the outside world guessing about its nuclear capabilities.
"Mr. Pompeo had to cancel the meeting because of important travel related to North Korea", one official was quoted by the paper as saying.
Before Trump became the first United States president to meet a North Korean leader, he and Kim had exchanged a series of personal insults and war threats.
Commenting on Trump's decision to suspend joint military drills between the United States and South Korea, Pompeo further said that the presence of USA troops in South Korea remains a "stabilising force in the region".
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"Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump said on Twitter shortly after arriving back in Washington.
Four other officials familiar with the intelligence assessment also said North Korea meant to deceive the U.S.
"This assessment says there is more than one secret site".
The US State Department says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told his Chinese counterpart that the sanctions must be fully implemented to seek the North's denuclearization.
Ahead of the summit, North Korea rejected unilaterally abandoning an arsenal it has called an essential deterrent against US aggression. It is unclear whether the reactor is still in operation, the report said. Pompeo told the Senate subcommittee that "we have reduced risk".