All national papers reported on a press briefing held in Tokyo on Saturday morning by National Security Advisor Bolton. He reportedly commented on Prime Minister Abe’s desire to hold a summit with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un “without preconditions” by saying: “The President has had two unconditional meetings with Kim Jong Un, so it wouldn’t be anything untoward if PM Abe decided to have meetings…. it could well be a substantial assistance” to Japan’s efforts to resolve the abduction issue. As for President Trump’s repeated reference to the abductions during his summit meetings with Chairman Kim, Bolton reportedly said the President is “well aware of the priority” that Japan places on the matter.
Speaking on the launches of short-range projectiles by North Korea in early May, the senior White House official said they run counter to relevant UN Security Council resolutions. “U.N. Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from launching any ballistic missiles,” Bolton said, adding that since the test firings included the KN-23 short range ballistic missile, there was “no doubt” it was a violation. This was reportedly the first time a senior U.S. official has described the tests as a violation of U.N. resolutions. Mr. Bolton reportedly said President Trump and Prime Minister Abe will discuss how to ensure the integrity of the Security Council resolutions when they hold talks on Monday.
Mr. Bolton reportedly indicated that Washington has no plans to discontinue dialogue with North Korea by saying: “President Trump has held the door open for Kim, the next step is for Kim to walk through it.” He added, however, that the U.S. has not heard much from North Korea since the Hanoi summit in February.
The top U.S. security advisor reportedly projected that the rising tension over Iran would be one of main topics for discussion in Monday’s U.S.-Japan summit. But Mr. Bolton reportedly declined to make a specific comment on the premier’s purported plan to visit Tehran next month.