Bolton Calls N. Korea Missile Launches Breach of U.N. Resolutions


Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)--John Bolton, national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, on Saturday criticized North Korea's firing of short-range ballistic missiles earlier this month as a breach of U.N. Security Council resolutions against the country.

He is the first high-ranking Trump administration official to clearly call the missile launches a violation of the resolutions.

At a press conference in Tokyo, Bolton said there is no doubt that the missile launches went against the U.N. resolutions, adding that the North Korean act will likely be one of agenda items at a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Trump in the Japanese capital on Monday.

Referring to the firing of the missiles in an interview with a U.S. media outlet earlier this month, Trump said, "They're short-range, and I don't consider that a breach of trust at all."

On Abe's wish to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without conditions, Bolton noted that Trump held talks with Kim twice with no conditions set, in mid-June 2018 and late February this year.

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