Bolton says N. Korea missile tests violated UN resolutions

Bolton says N. Korea missile tests violated UN resolutions

Bolton says N. Korea missile tests violated UN resolutions

National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks at the commencement for the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

CNN's Ana Cabrera reacted to President Donald Trump's tweet dismissing North Korean missile tests that had previously been denounced by his administration by calling it a "proverbial middle finger" to Trump's hosts in Japan.

North Korea's tests earlier this month were the first launches since 2017 and are seen as a way to pressure the compromise on its demands for North Korea to denuclearize.

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.

The North Korean remarks contrast with statements by Trump, who framed the dissolution of talks between the two nations as resulting from unreasonable Korean demands for significant sanctions reduction, in exchange for only a partial nuclear disarmament on its part.

Bolton is now on his visit to Tokyo where US President Donald Trump will arrive later on Saturday for talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Dialogue between the two countries will never be resumed unless the United States changes its "calculation", an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman told the Korean Central News Agency, "and the further its mistrust and hostile acts toward the DPRK grow, the fiercer our reaction will be".

"They [North Korea] wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn't do that.sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times", Trump had said.

Trump says "he has confidence" North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "will keep his promise to me".

North Korea said the U.S.

Abe had spoken about the abductees nearly every single time he spoke with Trump on the phone or in person since Trump took office, Bolton said.

Trump and Kim have met twice and there "wouldn't be anything untoward" if Abe and Kim met, he added.

"Given Abe's willingness to hold this meeting with Kim Jong would be certainly in North Korea's interest to accommodate the prime minister", he said.

For now, though, the prospect of such a summit appears even more remote than a third Trump-Kim meeting, experts say.

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