John Bolton says N.Korea tests broke UN resolution

US National Security Adviser John Bolton says North Korea’s recent missile launches violated a UN Security Council resolution and urged leader Kim Jong-un to return to denuclearisation talks.

It was the first time a senior US official has described the tests as a violation of UN resolutions aimed at halting North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

“The UN resolution prohibits the launch of any ballistic missiles,” Bolton said at a press roundtable. North Korea’s test firings included short range ballistic missiles and so there was “no doubt” it was a violation, he added.

Bolton’s comments came ahead of a four-day visit to Japan by US President Donald Trump who arrives later in the day.