John Bolton: US still waiting for action by North Korea's Kim Jong Un

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles as he shakes hands with US President Donald Trump during the signing of the declaration, after their historic summit meeting at Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa in Singapore, on June 12, 2018.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles as he shakes hands with US President Donald Trump during the signing of the declaration, after their historic summit meeting at Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa in Singapore, on June 12, 2018.PHOTO: ST FILE

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Donald Trump has a door open for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but is still waiting for action on denuclearisation, his top security advisor said Monday (Sept 10).

"We're still waiting for them. The possibility of another meeting between the two presidents obviously exists," said White House National Security Advisor John Bolton.

"But President Trump can't make the North Koreans walk through the door he's holding open. They are the ones that have to take the steps to denuclearise. And that's what we are waiting for."

Bolton said in a speech to the Federalist Society that in their Singapore meeting in June, Kim committed to getting rid of his nuclear weapons, and later agreed with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that it could be done in one year.

"If they would denuclearise, as they committed to do in Singapore, they could have a very different kind of life in North Korea," Bolton said.

On Friday (Sept 7), Trump said he was expecting a "positive" new letter from Kim, indicating that negotiations remain alive after weeks of apparent deadlock.

"I know that a letter is being delivered to me, a personal letter from Kim Jong Un to me, that was handed at the border," Trump told reporters travelling with him to North Dakota.

 

"I think it's going to be a positive letter."