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Wednesday, March 06, 2019, 10:22
Bolton: US may widen sanctions if DPRK doesn't denuclearize
By Reuters
Wednesday, March 06, 2019, 10:22 By Reuters

This March 5, 2019 photo shows US national security adviser John Bolton before an interview at the White House in Washington. (JACQUELYN MARTIN / AP)

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said on Tuesday that the United States would look at ramping up sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) if Pyongyang did not scrap its nuclear weapons program. 

If they're not willing to do it, then I think President Trump has been very clear ... they're not going to get relief from the crushing economic sanctions that have been imposed on them and we'll look at ramping those sanctions up in fact.

John Bolton, National security adviser, US

Bolton told Fox Business Network that following the Hanoi summit between Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, Washington would see whether Pyongyang was committed to giving up its "nuclear weapons program and everything associated with it." 

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"If they're not willing to do it, then I think President Trump has been very clear ... they're not going to get relief from the crushing economic sanctions that have been imposed on them and we'll look at ramping those sanctions up in fact," said Bolton, a hardliner who has advocated a tough approach to the DPRK in the past. 

His comments came days after the Feb 27-28 denuclearization summit between Trump and Kim broke down over differences on how far the DPRK was willing to limit its nuclear program and the degree of US willingness to ease sanctions. 

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Earlier on Tuesday, two US think tanks and the Republic of Korea (ROK)'s Yonhap News Agency reported that the DPRK had restored part of a missile launch site it began to dismantle after pledging to do so in the first summit with Trump last year. 

Yonhap quoted lawmakers briefed by ROK's National Intelligence Service (NIS) as saying that the work was taking place at the Tongchang-ri launch site and involved replacing a roof and a door at the facility. 

Satellite images seen by 38 North, a Washington-based DPRK project, showed that structures on the launch pad had been rebuilt sometime between Feb 16 and March 2, Jenny Town, managing editor at the project and an analyst at the Stimson Center think tank, told Reuters. 

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