This Friday, May 24, 2019, photo, advises US National Security Advisor John Bolton is surrounded by reporters in the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo. Bolton cited a series of short-range missiles fired by North Korea last month as violating United Nations Security Council resolutions and stressing the need to maintain sanctions. Bolton said on Saturday, May 25, 2019, that the US position on denuclearization of the north in Tokyo is consistent and that a repeated pattern of failure should be halted. (Photo: Yohei Kanasashi, Kyodo News, on AP)
US. National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Saturday that North Korea's recent short-range missile tests, which President Donald Trump had dismissed as "very normal", violated UN Security Council resolutions.
North Korea's short-range ballistic missile test on May 4 and 9 ended a launch break that began in late 2017.
"UN Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from firing ballistic missiles," Bolton told reporters in Tokyo before the president's four-day visit to Japan. "There is no doubt about the violation of UN Security Council resolutions."
The missile tests appeared to be an attempt by North Korea to pressure Washington to halt negotiations over possible de-atomization of the Korean Peninsula.
This May The May 9, 2019, photo paper provided by the North Korean government on May 10, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observing a military attempt in North Korea. North Korea has described Joe Biden as the "tyrant" of the Democratic president during a speech that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un described as a "low IQ fool" and a "jerk without elemental human qualities." (Photo: AP)
While Trump had previously prided himself on stopping the missile tests in North Korea since he and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un started personal talks in June 2018, he played down the maitests in an interview with Politico two weeks ago.
"You are at close range and I do not think that's a breach of trust at all. And at some point I can. But at this point, "no," he said, "These were short-range missiles and very normal stuff, very normal."
In separate comments to reporters, Trump said the government was taking the launches "very seriously," adding: "Nobody is happy about it."
Bolton's comments came a day after North Korea's official media Washington was blamed for the failure of the last Trump-Kim talks in February.
In a statement by the Korean Central News Agency, a spokesman accused The North Korean foreign ministry said that the US deliberately and unilaterally demanded the collapse of talks.
The North also protested strongly against the recent US seizure of a North Korean freighter involved in banned coal exports, which demanded immediate return .
Pyongyang said talks would not resume If Washington does not provide a "new calculation method," South Korea's Yonhap news agency said.
Washington said the talks had been abandoned because North Korea demanded relief for partial abandonment of its nuclear capabilities.
Bolton wiped off North Korean rhetoric and said, "I take a lot of what they say a grain of salt. "
Bolton called the US seizure of the North Korean vessel" reasonable "and said it was perhaps a good time to discuss the return of the USS Pueblo, a naval intelligence service vessel owned by the North since 1968.
Bolton acknowledged that the US has not heard much from North Korea since the Hanoi summit in February.
Bolton said US Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, could not wait to talk to his North Korean counterpart, but they did not respond. Biegun was "ready to board a plane and go anywhere at any time."
Contribution: Associated Press
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