Aide says Trump would be ‘disappointed’ by a N.Korea test .
Donald Trump’s national security advisor said Sunday that the US wpresident ould be “pretty disappointed” if North
Korea conducted a new missile test, but he refused to confirm reports that such a test may be near.
John Bolton appeared notably cautious when asked on ABC’s “This Week” about a report that satellite imagery 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 particular commercial satellite picture shows.”
On Friday, the website of NPR posted a satellite image that the public broadcaster said showed intense activity
around the North’s Sanumdong site, where missiles and satellite-launching rockets have previously been assembled.
NPR quoted an expert on the North’s weapons programs, Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies 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 Pyongyang of “fire and fury” if it threatened the US, has been trying to negotiate the
North’s denuclearization with its leader Kim Jong Un, but their recent Hanoi 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 Hanoi that he would do no more missile or nuclear testing, adding, “I take him at his word.”
“We see exactly what they are doing,” he said. “We see it unblinkingly, and we don’t have any illusions about what those are.”