Bolton says N.K. missile launches violate U.N. resolutions, threaten allies

SEOUL, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has said that North Korea's recent shortrange missile launches violate U.N. resolutions and pose threats to South Korea, Japan and American troops in Asia, the Voice of America (VOA) reported.

Since July 25, the North has launched a series of shortrange projectiles, including ballistic missiles, five times to protest the ongoing South KoreaU.S. combined military exercise, which it sees as a rehearsal for an invasion.

The latest test of a missile we denominate the KN 23, we think the range could probably hit all of South Korea and parts of Japan. That of course would endanger our deployed forces as well, Bolton said in an interview with the VOA on Wednesday.

The KN 23 is seen as the North Korean version of Russia's Iskander surfacetosurface missile with a range of around 500 kilometers.

Bolton said that though the North's shortrange missile tests contravene the U.N. resolutions, they don't break the pledge North Korean leader Kim Jongun made with U.S. President Donald Trump an indication that Washington still wants to keep dialogue open with Pyongyang.

The U.S. maintains that the pledge the North Korean leader has made to Trump involves a moratorium only on intermediaterange and intercontinental ballistic missiles, not shortrange ones.

Touching on the prospects of dialogue with the North, Bolton expressed hope that workinglevel talks would begin again soon.

We haven't had really any substantive negotiations, at the working level with North Korea since the president met with Kim Jongun at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, he said.

Bolton then said the real issue is whether the North will make the clear strategic decision to give up its nuclear weapons and its delivery systems.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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