Published: Sun, May 26, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bolton says N. Korea missile tests violated United Nations resolutions

Bolton says N. Korea missile tests violated United Nations resolutions

National Security Adviser John Bolton on Saturday said that there is "no doubt" that recent short-range missile launches by North Korea are in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions - suggesting that the White House may be looking at putting a sharper edge on their diplomatic relations with dictatorship.

President Trump's national security adviser John Bolton is surrounded by reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Friday.

Negotiations between the United States and North Korea over the latter's nuclear program will not resume until the USA administration backs off from what Pyongyang has characterized as a unilateral demand that it disarm.

A statement issued Friday through Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency, citing a North Korean spokesman, accused the USA of intentionally causing the talks to collapse with impossible demands.

However, Trump and other U.S. officials have brushed that aside, calling for Kim to take action on a commitment to denuclearise.

Trump is expected to discuss concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile programs with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his stay in Tokyo.

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If it sticks to its current demands, "the United States would not be able to move us even an inch", the Korean official stressed, barring any future more flexible approaches from U.S. officials, "the prospect for resolving the nuclear issue will be much gloomy".

Washington's position on the North's denuclearization is consistent and a repeated pattern of failures to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons should be stopped, Bolton said, defending the recent US seizure of a North Korean cargo ship.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed concerns about recent missile launches from North Korea and said he was confident that the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, would keep promises that he had made.

In the past, Abe had insisted he wanted to see progress on the return of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago, but recently dropped that demand in a bid to convince Kim to talk. The U.S. president raised the issue with Kim several times in Hanoi, and recommended he talk to Abe directly.

The two leaders will also discuss rising tensions with Iran, Bolton said.

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