Bolton says N Korea missile tests violated UN resolutions


In the statement carried by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency, the North Korean spokesman accused the USA of deliberately causing February's collapse of talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with unilateral and impossible demands.

KCNA refrained from criticising Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or National Security Adviser John Bolton by name.

He also said that missile launches by the North on May 4 and May 9 also violate U.N. Security Council resolutions that prohibit the communist nation from launching ballistic missiles.

Bolton acknowledged the USA has not been "hearing much from North Korea" since February's Hanoi summit.

Bolton's remarks come on the eve of a four-day visit to Japan by the U.S. president, Donald Trump, who arrives on Saturday.

Unless Washington "comes forward with a new method of calculation", it said, "the DPRK-US dialogue will never be resumed and by extension, the prospect for resolving the nuclear issue will be much gloomy".

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Bolton said Stephen Biegun, the USA special representative for North Korea, "can't wait" to meet his North Korean counterpart again, "but they haven't responded", adding that Biegun was ready to get on a plane and go "anywhere, any time".

Trump's visit will largely highlight close ties with Abe, who is now willing to hold a summit with Kim without preconditions - a recent change from his long-held hawkish stance.

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

Bolton said, as quoted by the Kyodo news agency, that the potential Abe-Kim meeting would also assist in solving the issue of abducted Japanese nationals detained in North Korea.

"The president has held two unconditional meetings with Kim Jong Un, so I wouldn't see anything untoward if Prime Minister Abe had an unconditional meeting", Bolton said. "Trump has held the door open for Kim, the next step is for Kim to walk through it", he said.

Trump is stopping only in Japan on this trip because of the importance of representing the US on the first state visit during the nation's new imperial era, Bolton said.