TOKYO – Recent North Korean missile launches violated United Nations Security Council resolutions, the United States’ national security advisor said on Saturday in an apparent change in Washington’s stance on the tests.
In Tokyo to prepare for US President Donald Trump’s four-day visit to Japan beginning later Saturday, John Bolton told reporters there was “no doubt” that the missile tests carried out on May 4 and 9 were in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
It is the first time that a high official in Trump’s administration has described the recent North Korean tests as violating UN sanctions.
Until now, both South Korea and the US have downplayed the launches, which were supervised by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Trump has said that the tests did not breach his trust in Pyongyang, adding that they were “standard stuff.”
During his Japan visit, Trump will hold meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe starting Sunday and meet the new emperor, Naruhito, on Monday.
Pyongyang’s missile tests came after it reached a deadlock in dialog with Washington over the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The last summit in February between Kim and Trump ended in Hanoi without an agreement.