On Saturday, state media cited First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui as criticizing Bolton over his recent interview with Bloomberg News. In the interview, Bolton said the U.S. would need more evidence that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is ready to give up his nuclear weapons before Trump would meet with him for a third summit.
Choe described Boltons comments as having no charm and being dim-sighted, and said the United States has nothing to gain with such remarks. But she stopped short of asking Washington to remove Bolton from the nuclear talks.
Earlier this week, North Korea test-fired what it called a new type of tactical guided weapon, but many foreign experts say it wasnt a prohibited test of a medium- or long-range ballistic missile that could scuttle the nuclear negotiations.
In her Saturday statement, Choe said Bolton should at least have understood about what kinds of substantive communications are made between the top leaders concerning the third round of summit before he had ever opened his mouth. South Korean media quickly speculated that there might be some sort communication between the U.S. and North Korea over a third Trump-Kim summit.
Kim and Trump had two summits — the first in Singapore in June last year and the second in Vietnam in February. The second summit collapsed due to disputes over U.S.-led sanctions on the North. Kim is to visit Russia for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this month.