TOKYO – North Korea has undoubtedly violated United Nations Security Council resolutions when it tested ballistic missiles earlier this month, National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Saturday, adding Trump to this president is determined to maintain the sanction pressure on the regime until it wears off.
Arriving on Saturday for a state visit to Tokyo, Trump faces a dead-end and the potential collapse of what he sees as one of his most important foreign policy achievements. He calms down the tensions with Pyongyang and ends his nuclear and missile tests and begins a dialogue on denuclearization.
Rockets are now being tested, talks are dying, and the threat to language is on the increase, with both sides reclaiming the other, which amounts to a nuclear-armed rigmarole.
North Korea conducted two sets of missile tests earlier this month. Bolton described them as "ballistic short-range missiles" as well as "standard SRBMs, ballistic short-range missiles". UN Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 1695, explicitly prohibit North Korea from launching ballistic missiles. He added, "I know that because I wrote it."
The comments are the first time that a senior government official has confirmed that North Korea has shot down offensive ballistic missiles in accordance with United Nations resolutions, with officials so far reluctant to make such a clear statement to demonstrate their willingness to resume dialogue.
"There is no doubt about the violation of Security Council resolutions," Bolton said to reporters on Saturday, hours before Trump was about to land, and was greeted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"I think the Prime Minister and the President will talk about maintaining the integrity of the UN Security Council resolutions," he said.
On Friday, the North Korean Foreign Ministry again accused the United States of intentionally causing the collapse of the Hanoi summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un by unilateral and impossible demands.
Dialogue between the two countries will never resume unless the United States changes its "calculation," an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman told the Korean Central News Agency, "and further mistrust and hostility toward the The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the sharper it gets. " Our reaction will be.
North Korea's official name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"God knows what they said this time," Bolton said as he was asked for the latest comments. "After many years in North Korea calling it human scum, I take most of what they say with a grain of salt."
But he made it clear that the Trump government did not want to change its attitude.
"The North Korean leadership knows the President's view very well," he said, agreeing with Abe's view, "Keep the sanctions in place and in place until North Korea shows it has made a strategic decision has to give up his nuclear weapons. "
" I do not think that will change, "he added.
Bolton dismissed suggestions that he had blamed for aggravating the US negotiating position in Hanoi, arguing that it had been Trump's consistent stance dating back to the campaign path as well as the Singapore 2018 summit with Kim stating that North Korea was bright can be future if it gives up its nuclear arsenal.
"The president has opened the door to North Korea and we are just waiting for them to go through," he said.
Bolton said Stephen Biegun, the US Special Representative for North Korea, could not wait to see his North Korean counterpart again, "but they did not respond," adding that Biegun was ready to board a plane and go "everytime and everywhere".
"We have not heard much from the North Koreans since the Hanoi summit and President Moon from South Korea either," he said.
Bolton Abe's recent offer to conduct unconditional talks with Kim Jong Un was amid the masonry in North Korea.
In the past, Abe had insisted that he wanted to see progress in the return of North Korean people kidnapped by North Korea for decades, but recently this demand failed to persuade Kim to speak.
"The President held two unconditional meetings with Kim Jong Un, so I would not see anything unusual if Prime Minister Abe had an unconditional meeting," Bolton said.
Abe had talked about the kidnappers almost every time he talked to Trump or spoken in person since Trump took office, Bolton said. The US President spoke to Kim several times in Hanoi and recommended speaking directly to Abe.
"The president is aware of the priority that Japan sets on it," Bolton said. "We are waiting for a response from the North Korean regime."
Given the importance of the problem of the abductees and Japan's interest in abolishing the North Korean weapons program, an Abe-Kim Summit "could be of considerable help," said Bolton.
However, the prospect of such a summit seems to continue for the time being removed as a third meeting of Trump-Kim, experts say.