White House adviser Bolton urges North Korea to act on denuclearization

National Security Advisor John Bolton at the White House on Aug. 2 2018

National Security Advisor John Bolton at the White House on Aug. 2 2018

Nearly two months after the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, denuclearisation negotiations between the US and North Korea have fallen well short of concrete results.

"This is all in North Korea's court", Haley told reporters traveling with her during a visit to Colombia, where she attended the inauguration of new Colombian President Ivan Duque and met migrants who had fled Venezuela.

Haley said Pompeo had delivered "solid" US demands to North Korea and that Washington would not weaken those or ease sanctions on Pyongyang. But Trump has already given Kim some concessions, including ending joint military drills with South Korea.

Pyongyang's state media has highlighted it has made goodwill gestures, such as a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, the dismantling of a nuclear site, and the return of the remains of US soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

The group, closely following North Korean affairs, said last month the country started dismantling key facilities at the station in the northwestern province.

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The United States is "not willing to wait for too long" for North Korea to take steps toward denuclearization, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday.

In exchange, Vox said, the U.S. would lift economic sanctions and remove North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Asked about the possibility of additional meetings, Bolton said Trump in a recent letter to Kim proposed sending Pompeo back to North Korea, and that Trump was ready to meet with Kim any time.

Citing two anonymous sources familiar with the matter, Vox reported that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made the offer to his North Korean counterpart Kim Yong-chol numerous times, only to be rejected.

The stark comments come after Trump and Kim's June meeting in Singapore, during which the White House said the North had made firm pledges to rid itself of its nuclear weapons.

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