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US says N Korea program in conflict with UN resolutions, after Trump tweet

Trump tweeted that North Korea had tested "some small weapons" that had "disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me."

AFP | PTI  |  Washington 

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands as they meet in Hanoi, Vietnam
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un | Photo: PTI

The US State Department has on Tuesday said that North Korea's overall program of weapons of mass destruction violated UN resolutions, after brushed off recent missile launches.

Choosing words carefully after Trump's latest warm words for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus declined to say if North Korea's launches were of ballistic missiles or constituted weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

"I think the entire North Korean WMD program, it's in conflict with the UN Security (Council) resolutions," Ortagus told reporters on Tuesday.

She said the wanted a favorable relationship between Trump and Kim with a goal to "negotiate a peaceful end to the North Korean WMD program." "We have said many times and we will continue to reiterate that the economic sanctions will remain in place until we're there," she said.

When he arrived in for a weekend state visit, Trump tweeted that had tested "some small weapons" that had "disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me." He appeared to be referring to his National Security Advisor John Bolton, who said Saturday there was "no doubt" that North Korea's launches had contravened Security Council resolutions.

wasted no time piling onto Bolton, who has long promoted a hawkish foreign policy, calling him a "human defect" and "war maniac." has previously called for Secretary of State to be excluded from negotiations after he apparently pressed Trump at his February summit with Kim in Hanoi not to accept sanctions relief without further action by in ending its nuclear program.

First Published: Wed, May 29 2019. 07:55 IST
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