John Bolton speaks during a graduation ceremony at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, US, on Wednesday. Michelle Mcloughlin/Reuters
US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said on Saturday there was “no doubt” North Korea’s recent test missile launches violated United Nations resolutions.
“The UN resolution prohibits the launch of any ballistic missiles,” Bolton said at a press roundtable in Tokyo ahead of a four-day state visit to Japan by Trump.
Earlier this month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the first flight of a previously untested weapon - a relatively small, fast missile experts believe will be easier to hide, launch, and maneuver in flight.
Bolton added Washington would not change its position from the one outlined at the last summit between the United States and North Korea in Hanoi but that “Trump has held the door open for Kim.”
Trump is expected to discuss topics ranging from North Korea’s nuclear missiles to China and two-way trade when he meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday.
South Korea’s Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo on Saturday fended off calls to step up pressure on North Korea after it test-fired missiles last month. Jeong told an annual security conference in Singapore
North Korea carried out its third weapons test in eight days on Friday, according to the South’s military, but US President Donald Trump said he had “no problem” with the spate of launches by Pyongyang.
Following the launch, Biden labelled the test a violation of UN resolutions and advised the isolated state against ramping up military testing, warning that “there will be responses if they choose to escalate.”
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid accused Ghani of lying and spreading false information as reacting to Ghani's remark on Monday that the ongoing war is an external intrigue imposed on the people of Afghanistan.
Li Qiang, an official in the city, the capital of central Hubei province, told a news briefing that "To ensure that everyone in the city is safe, city-wide nucleic acid testing will be quickly launched for all people to fully screen out positive results and asymptomatic infections."
A government statement said on Tuesday that the country is registering less than 50,000 daily new cases for 37 continuous days and saw a decline of 10,585 cases from Monday when India recorded 41,134 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 424 fatalities.