Donald Trump's national security advisor won't "speculate" on North Korea's missile program


John Bolton, President Donald Trump's hawkish national security adviser, said Sunday the U.S. sees "exactly what they are doing" in regard to possible launch moves by the nuclear-armed state.

He said Mr Trump had proposed a "big deal" in the Hanoi summit under which North Korea would completely denuclearise and also give up its chemical and biological weapons.

He also says Trump would "be pretty disappointed if Kim Jong Un went ahead and did something like that" after he vowed not to at a summit in Vietnam.

South Korea's military said Monday it was closely monitoring North Korean facilities after a series of satellite images triggered worldwide alarm that Pyongyang might be preparing a long-range missile or space launch.

Moon has prioritized stabilizing bilateral relations with North Korea amid the larger nuclear negotiations and held three summits with Kim past year where they agreed on steps to reduce conventional military threats between the countries and restart inter-Korean economic projects when possible.

"They never seem to get around to it, though", he said.

But the election for the 14th Supreme People's Assembly has drawn attention from outside observers as its outcome could provide a rare glimpse of any shift in North Korea's very closed elite structure.

Japan's government says at least 17 citizens were abducted by North Korea.

Bolton says he won't speculate on North Korean nuclear site

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held their second summit last month on U.S. demands that North Korea dismantle its nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees and the lifting of sanctions. "I think Kim Jong Un has a very clear idea where the president stands". "That would have put us in a position - a very hard position - of essentially subsidizing what would potentially be ongoing development of weapons of mass destruction in North Korea".

Located on the outskirts of Pyongyang, Samundong was built in 2012 to support development of long-range missiles and space-launch vehicles.

Kim Jong Il was first elected to the SPA in 1982 - before he became the country's leader - and every subsequent election until his death, Lee continued.

"You know, nothing in the proliferation game surprises me anymore", Bolton told Raddatz.

Rhee Dong-yeol, director general of the foreign ministry's Korean Peninsula peace regime bureau, plans to meet with Alex Wong, deputy assistant secretary of state for North Korea, in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (local time).

Kim, however, has honored an informal freeze on nuclear and missile testing announced last April.

The panel documented the brokers, and how money was moved, including through US and Indonesian banks, and learned that North Korean diplomats facilitated the transfer, Griffiths said.

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