Published: Mon, April 22, 2019

North Korea slams Bolton's 'dim-sighted' call for sign of denuclearisation

North Korea slams Bolton's 'dim-sighted' call for sign of denuclearisation

On April 11, South Korean President Moon Jae-in came to Washington to meet with President Trump and save the talks by dropping the "all-or-nothing big deal" Bolton and Pompeo had persuaded the President to present to North Korean Chairman Kim.

Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Seoul's Kyungnam University, said it was likely a short-range cruise missile. "If he really wanted to do a formidable, important, heavy message to the US or South Korea, he would not have done a minimal test".

The U.S. and South Korean governments have so far not commented on the test.

If it were, such a test would jeopardize discussions between North Korea and the us, according to the AP. "I wish our dialogue counterpart would be not Pompeo but (some) other person who is more careful and mature in communicating with us".

The embassy said in a statement that the talks had been "constructive".

"The description makes whatever was tested sound like a missile, but that could be everything from a small anti-tank guided missile to a surface-to-air missile to a rocket artillery system", said North Korea analyst Ankit Panda.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a news conference at a warehouse where worldwide humanitarian aid for Venezuela is being stored, near La Unidad cross-border bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cucuta, Colombia April 14, 2019.

It added however that a sudden change of plan by the leader of the secretive North Korean state could not be ruled out.

After US President Donald Trump hinted that he was interested in a third summit with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, Bolton - a Trump appointee - declared that prior to any meeting between the two heads of state there must first be "a real indication from North Korea that they've made the strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons", cited by Bloomberg.

Since the speech, the North has been stepping up criticism of the US, with senior diplomats blasting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton by name for failing to understand Pyongyang's negotiating position and making irrelevant remarks.

Kim has also made efforts to avoid diplomatic isolation. -North Korea summit in February, The Associated Press reported. In November, Kim oversaw the test of what KCNA also referred to as a newly developed "high-tech tactical weapon".

Kim supervised Wednesday's test and praised it for having "very weighty significance in increasing the combat power" of the North Korean army, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Meanwhile, satellite images from last week show movement at North Korea's main nuclear site that could be associated with processing radioactive material into bomb fuel, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in the U.S. said on Tuesday.

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