Bolton: Trump would be 'pretty disappointed' at Kim test


National Security Adviser John Bolton declined to speculate about Kim's intentions when asked about the reports Sunday. He added that he will be speaking with his South Korean counterpart Monday morning and he suspects the satellite images will be discussed.

"I'd rather not get into the specifics on that", Bolton said on ABC's "This Week".

"We see it unblinkingly, and we don't have any illusions about what those are", he warned, adding his boss would be "pretty disappointed" if a nuclear-armed state conducted a new missile test. "We watch it constantly".

"The idea that you get to cast your vote and either be on the winning side or the losing side and you don't know what that's going to be until the results come in - that's a big thing".

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"The president has been very clear that he's not going to make the mistakes of prior administrations".

Bolton told ABC that he was not aware of any contact between the USA and North Korea since Vietnam, though it was "possible the South Koreans have spoken to North Korea". The North Koreans for example, have pledged to give up their nuclear weapons program at least five separate times, beginning in 1992 with the joint North/South de-nuclearization agreement.

They said that for both Democrats or Republicans, the "precondition for sanctions relief was North Korea's honest denuclearization".

That comment drew attention from many in the North Korea-watching community, due to its marking a notable difference from the language used by U.S. Special Representative Stephen Biegun in remarks delivered at Stanford University in January.

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A South Korean Foreign Ministry official said Thursday, "There has been talk of the Kaesong Industrial Complex and the Mount Kumgang tours, and we are putting much effort into trying to create conditions in which they could be resumed".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un casting his vote in the election for the Supreme People's Assembly. During the summit, Kim committed to dismantling a launch facility.

The second Trump-Kim summit on February 27-28 ended without a deal as they played hardball over the scope of Washington's sanctions relief and Pyongyang's denuclearization.

On Friday, Trump told reporters his relationship with Kim was "a very good one" and said he would be "surprised in a negative way if he did anything that was not per our understanding".

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North Korea has frozen nuclear and missile testing since 2017, and Trump has pointed to this as a positive outcome from almost a year of high-level engagement with North Korea. He said the Trump administration took it "very seriously" but cautioned against drawing any snap conclusions. I don't really think it broke down.

But speculating why the Hanoi summit may have fallen apart, Panda said Washington's expanded definition of denuclearization "may have played a role", but said that "we should also take note of Ri Yong Ho's comment that USA demands for an expansion of sites beyond Yongbyon played a role".

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