During a Sunday interview with ABC’s “This Week,” national security adviser John Bolton claimed that North Korea knows exactly where President Donald Trump’s administration stands on missile tests amid recent reports that show the nation may not have completely stopped its missile testing.
“I’d rather not get into specifics on that,” Bolton said. “There’s a lot of activity all the time in North Korea, but I’m not going to speculate on what that particular commercial satellite picture shows.”
However, Bolton did expand on President Trump’s expectations for the country, saying he “has been very clear that he’s not going to make the mistakes of prior administrations” despite his historical decision to open communication with the country.
“That’s one reason why we pay particular attention to what North Korea is doing,” said Bolton. “The president said repeatedly he feels the absence of nuclear tests, the absence of missile launches is a positive sign.”
Watch part of his interview below:
NEW: White House national security adviser John Bolton on the consequences if North Korea conducts another test launch: "As the president said, he'd be pretty disappointed if Kim Jong Un went ahead and did something like that" https://t.co/P6iz1j1VA4 #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/S5UrvLc4Pe
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) March 10, 2019
However, the adviser did admit that if tests were continuing it would not be treated positively within the Trump administration.
“As the president said, he’d be pretty disappointed if Kim Jong Un went ahead and did something like that,” Bolton said. “I think Kim Jong Un has a very clear idea where the president stands.”
While speaking with reporters on Friday, the president stated he sees the relationship with North Korea moving forward and would be surprised if something was done to disrupt the progress.
Watch his comments below:
#Trump says his relationship with North Korean #KimJongUn "remains good" despite collapse of Hanoi summit. "I would be surprised in a negative way if he did anything that was not per our understanding. But we'll see what happens." https://t.co/FqrpOvB143 pic.twitter.com/nE80kFCjSS
— Jeremy Song (@tezuma75) March 8, 2019
“Well, time will tell, but I have a feeling that our relationship with North Korea — Kim Jong Un and myself — Chairman Kim — I think it’s a very good one,” said Trump.
“I think it remains good. I would be surprised, in a negative way, if he did anything that was not per our understanding,” Trump added. “But we’ll see what happens.”
Although the two countries failed to reach an agreement during the summit in Vietnam earlier in the month, U.S. officials are continuing negotiations in order to find a lasting solution.