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Bolton: N. Korea's failure to meet commitments requires another summit

Bolton: N. Korea's failure to meet commitments requires another summit

Posted December. 06, 2018 08:21,   

Updated December. 06, 2018 08:21

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White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the U.S. is making preparations to hold a second summit because North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hasn’t kept his commitments he made during the first U.S.-North Korea summit meeting. "They have not lived up to the commitments so far," Bolton said at The Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Council conference in Washington. "That's why I think the President thinks that another summit is likely to be productive."

The comments underscored the lack of progress the U.S. has made in moving North Korea closer to the denuclearization, particularly Trump’s plans to pressure Kim.

"If the North Koreans follow through on their commitments they made in Singapore, President Trump will deserve the Nobel Peace Prize," he said.

Bolton said that he expects the second summit would take place in “January or February” as Trump said, adding that North Korean sanctions will be in place until denuclearization is achieved.

"He opened the door for them," Bolton said. "Now they have to walk through it. That's what we hope to make progress on at the next meeting."

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also noted that allies and other countries are joining efforts in North Korean sanctions. “Just look, as one example, at the historic number of countries which have gotten on board our pressure campaign against North Korea” said Pompeo in a speech at an event held by a think-tank in Brussels, Belgium. "No other nation in the world could have rallied dozens of nations, from every corner of the world, to impose sanctions on the regime in Pyongyang."


Jeong-Hun Park sunshade@donga.com