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Aide says Trump would be 'disappointed' by a N Korea test

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Donald Trump's said Sunday that the US would be "pretty disappointed" if conducted a new missile test, but he refused to confirm reports that such a test may be near.

appeared notably cautious when asked on ABC's "This Week" about a report that appears to show preparations at a North Korean site for the possible launch of a missile or space rocket.

"I would rather not get into the specifics on that," he said.

"I'm not going to speculate on what that "

On Friday, the website of NPR posted a that the said showed intense activity around the North's Sanumdong site, where missiles and have previously been assembled.

NPR quoted an expert on the North's weapons programs, of the in Monterey, California, as saying, "When you put all that together, that's really what it looks like when the North Koreans are in the process of building a rocket."

Trump, who once warned of "fire and fury" if it threatened the US, has been trying to negotiate the North's denuclearisation with its leader Un, but their recent summit ended in failure.

Since then, Trump has been cautious in his prognostications, continuing to suggest a deal remains possible.

He said Kim promised in that he would do no more missile or nuclear testing, adding, "I take him at his word."

Bolton declined to say whether the US was aware at the time of the summit of any from

But he sent a strong signal to the North that it cannot escape US scrutiny.

"We see exactly what they are doing," he said.

"We see it unblinkingly, and we don't have any illusions about what those are."

Bolton said he was "not aware of any" contact with the North since the Hanoi summit but was expecting an update Monday from his South Korean counterpart.

He said time remains on Washington's side, adding that the "is not under pressure to make any deal. He wants to make the right deal."

With still under economic sanctions, "the leverage is on our side right now, and not on North Korea's.

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First Published: Sun, March 10 2019. 20:35 IST