(SOUNDBITE) TRUMP'S FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER JOHN BOLTON SAYING: "I think the strategic decision that Kim Jong Un is operating through is that he will do whatever he can to keep a deliverable nuclear weapons capability and to develop and enhance it further.." President Trump's ousted national security adviser John Bolton appeared to critique Trump's stance on North Korea on Monday… saying Pyongyang had no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons... (SOUNDBITE) TRUMP'S FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER JOHN BOLTON SAYING: "Perhaps they'll be a little less delighted now that I can speak in unvarnished terms now/ It seems to be clear that the DPRK has not made a strategic decision to give up its nuclear weapons.
In fact, I think the contrary is true…/ (overlay with pic of Kim Jong Un) He may try to get relief from international sanctions, he may make some concessions, but under current circumstances, he will never give up the nuclear weapons voluntarily" Bolton, a harsh critic of North Korea, warned against stalling on negotiations or waiting on a resolution with Pyongyang and Iran because that would only give those countries more time to plan and produce nuclear weapons… The foreign policy hawk also said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank event that it might not be an encouraging sign that there are no nuclear testings done at the moment..
(SOUNDBITE) TRUMP'S FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER JOHN BOLTON SAYING: "One very good, very troubling reason why there is no more testing of nuclear weapons for the moment or of long range missiles is that North Korea has in its judgement for well or ill, finished testing and can produce warheads and long-range ballistic missiles" (SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING: "there's been no nuclear testing for a long time.
A long time." Trump has hailed North Korea's testing freeze as a triumph of his diplomacy..
On Monday, Bolton, who Trump called a "disaster' on North Korea policy, was asked about Trump's friendship with Kim Jong Un.
(SOUNDBITE) VICTOR CHA, SENIOR ADVISER AND KOREA EXPERT CAMERA AT CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, SAYING: "So then is his so-called 'bromance' diplomacy the best way to try to get to that point?" BOLTON: "I'm not going to comment on that." (LAUGHTER)
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the government has taken the "swift and decisive action necessary" by reimposing lockdown restrictions in Bolton and Trafford today. Report by Connerv. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday to take steps to normalize relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States. President Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed what he called the start of a “new era”. But other nations, including Iran, are less happy about the agreement. Lauren Anthony reports.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appeared emotional while speaking at a massive military parade in Pyongyang early on Saturday, marking the 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party, the country's ruling party. Before shedding a few tears, he thanked volunteers who responded to the recent flooding in the country.
Tens of thousands of spectators loudly welcomed the leader as he appeared from a building as the clock struck midnight.
It’s unusual for North Korea to hold a military parade in the middle of the night, although such conditions may provide benefits in protecting sensitive information about weapons that were rolled out.
This week’s festivities are designed as a major event to glorify Kim Jong-un’s achievements as leader of North Korea.
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Amid growing contention over the democratically-ruled island of Taiwan,Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday China will never allow its sovereignty, security and development interests to be undermined. Gloria Tso reports.
Analysts and security officials say they are watching for signs that North Korea may use an upcoming holiday to unveil new weapons or test fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile, after a flurry of activity was detected at a naval base. Emer McCarthy reports.
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin joins guest host Matthew Cooke on PoliticKING to discuss the new U.S. sanctions against Iran and assess President Donald Trump's choice for his new..