U.S. National Security Advise Bolton says 6-party forum is not preferred approach on N. Korea

U.S. National Security Advise Bolton says 6-party forum is not preferred approach on N. Korea
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U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday that reviving six-party talks on North Korea's denuclearization is not Washington's preferred approach, ONAreports.

Bolton was asked if President Donald Trump would go along with Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent suggestion that the six-party talks, which collapsed in 2009, be restored to break the impasse in denuclearization negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

"I think it's not just what our preference is," Bolton said. "I think (North Korean leader) Kim Jong-un, at least up until now, has wanted the one-on-one contact with the United States, which is what he has gotten."

Bolton noted that the six-party talks, which involved the two Koreas, the U.S., Japan, China and Russia, failed to dismantle the North's nuclear weapons program, but that Washington has not excluded the other stakeholders from the diplomatic process.

"That doesn't mean we don't consult, as the president just did on Friday very closely with Prime Minister Abe of Japan," he said. "We consult with the Russians, the Chinese, obviously the South Koreans. President Moon Jae-in was here just a few weeks ago."

In the interview Bolton also said Trump is still open to a third summit with Kim.

"(Trump) feels pretty strongly about it. He said repeatedly he thinks he has a good relationship with Kim Jong-un," Bolton said.

Asked if the North's position is any more attractive to Trump now, Bolton was skeptical.

"I think if you look at the past policies, the answer to that is no," he said. "The past policies that have tried a step-by-step approach have all failed. Kim or his father have gotten economic relief and then somehow have never gotten around to that commitment to denuclearize they've now made five times expressly in the past 25 years."

The adviser was also asked whether Putin is being helpful in the process.

"Well, I think both Russia and China could tighten up their enforcement of the sanctions," Bolton replied. "I think they've been pretty good about it in recent months, but I think they could always tighten up. That would help keep the pressure on North Korea, which, after all, is what brought them to negotiate with President Trump to begin with."

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