At the same time in Washington, Trump's former aide Cohen was testifying before the US House of Representatives' oversight committee, accusing Trump of ordering his personal attorney to make threats for him about 500 times over the past 10 years.
USA president Donald Trump has blamed that the Democrats' decision to interview his longtime fixer, lawyer Michael Cohen, on the same day as a meeting with Kim Jong-un for the fact that the North Korea summit ended with no deal.
Appearing on CNN's State of the Union, Bolton called for North Korea to describe the circumstances surrounding the death of Warmbier, a USA student who traveled to North Korea in 2015 where he was arrested and sentenced to 15 years in prison after he tried to take a propaganda poster from his hotel and died after being returned to the United States while in a coma in 2017. "Never done when a president is overseas. I don't view it as a failure at all when American national interests are protected".
While denouncing the activity as "despicable and barbaric", President Trump has not held the leaders directly accountable because, as Bolton notes, the US has "a hard line to walk to negotiate".
The summit's collapse followed the leaders' historic meeting in Singapore that produced only a vague commitment from Kim to work "toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula". () U.S. national security adviser John Bolton.
North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho however disputed the USA account, saying Pyongyang offered to dismantle all "nuclear production facilities in the Yongbyon area" in exchange for partial sanctions relief.
In return, Pyongyang was only offering to close a portion of the Yongbyon complex, a sprawling site covering multiple different facilities - and the North is believed to have other uranium enrichment plants.
APEarlier US President Donald Trump said he was in no rush to find a deal
While the ultrahawkish Bolton was willing to swallow a lot to regain the ear of a White House, nodding his head on the supposed trustworthiness of Trump's dictatorial would-be allies is ... too much.
"This is, I think, the result of a president who is not prepared for these kind of negotiations, a staff that is not well-prepared and that is essentially flying by the seat of its trousers, and it has real-world consequences", Schiff said. I give my advice to the president.
"I tried to watch as much as I could", Mr Trump said.
But Bolton's dodging response may be the most diplomatic thing the anti-diplomat has ever mustered; no doubt Trump will hear Bolton's words as praise for the "decision maker", brushing aside the parts where Bolton is unwilling to repeat Dear Leader's own conclusions.
An example of that non-traditional diplomacy was formally unveiled yesterday when South Korea and the United States announced they would not conduct massive springtime military drills and were replacing them with smaller exercises.
Opponents of scrapping the drills warn that it could affect the combat readiness of the combined US and South Korean forces and hand the North a strategic advantage on the divided peninsula.
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