August 6, 2019 / 1:14 PM / 4 months ago

U.S. watching North Korea missile launches very carefully: Trump adviser Bolton

U.S. national security advisor John Bolton attending the French - USA Commemoration marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings on D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 06 June 2019. Ian Langsdon/Pool via REUTERS/Files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has an understanding with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that Pyongyang will not launch intercontinental-range ballistic missiles, and the United States is watching North Korean missile tests very carefully, Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton told Fox News Channel on Tuesday.

“It looks like it’s a testing series that they want to get this missile fully operational,” Bolton, speaking from Peru’s capital Lima, said about the North Korean missile launches over the past two weeks.

“They appear to be ballistic missiles. The president and Kim Jong Un have an understanding that Kim Jong Un is not going to launch longer range, intercontinental range ballistic missiles, and so I think the president is watching this very very carefully.”

Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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