Sacked security adviser a disaster on North Korea ―Trump

Sacked security adviser a disaster on North Korea ―Trump

Tuesday's projectile launches came a day after a senior North Korean official said Pyongyang is ready to resume denuclearization talks with the US.

Speaking after Bolton's departure, Pompeo said there were "many times" that they had disagreed, but countries should not expect changes in approach.

"John wasn't in line with what we were doing", he added.

However, John Bolton, the Trump national security advisor who was ousted on Tuesday, has said those short-range launches are banned under United Nations resolutions.

Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi gave up much of his arsenal and let weapons inspectors into his country - but was later killed during the Arab Spring uprisings that were backed by the US.

Bolton was an enthusiastic backer of both Iraq wars, which the president has said he opposed.

"He's somebody that I actually had a very good relationship with, but he wasn't getting along with people in the administration that I consider very important", he said.

Dr. Mohammad Marandi
Dr. Mohammad Marandi

While the two were mostly in sync on the need to push Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power, Trump had become increasingly impatient at the failure of a US-led campaign of sanctions and diplomacy to remove the socialist leader.

Bolton, a foreign policy hawk who has served in previous Republican administrations, offered his letter of resignation to Trump following a weekend where the president abruptly canceled peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David. Last year, it threatened to call off a first summit between Kim and Trump after Bolton suggested the Libya model of unilateral disarmament.

It also released photos of the test that showed a smiling Kim, who has been on hand for nearly all of his state's series of missiles and weapon tests that started in May, standing by a launcher.

Trump's efforts to engage with North Korea almost fell apart altogether in February after he followed Bolton's advice at a second summit in Hanoi and handed Kim a piece of paper that called for the transfer of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States.

North Korea yesterday morning fired two unidentified projectiles, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said, hours after a senior diplomat announced that Pyongyang would be willing to resume negotiations with the United States later this month.

"We would be glad to see North Korea and the United States resuming talks on schedule at the end of the month", Wang told a joint news conference with Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah.

Regardless of Bolton's departure, Washington has given no indication that it will soften its demand for North Korea's ultimate denuclearization, even though with Bolton gone, the risky all-or-nothing gambit is unlikely to be repeated.

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