Bolton Issues Warning Messages to North Korea

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton issued a warning to North Korea Sunday (local time) over its recent moves to rebuild missile facilities.

"The leverage is on our side right now, not on North Korea's," he said in a local media interview.

The remark came amid growing signs that the North is apparently moving towards restarting its nuclear and missile programs in the wake of the failure of its second summit with the U.S. last month.

In recent days, a number of satellite images have shown that Pyongyang has started construction at its Sohae Satellite Launching Station at Tongchang-ri. Some think tanks, including the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), have claimed that the facility has returned to normal operation status after analyzing the images.

The hawkish adviser, however, did not give details on what Washington will do in response to the regime's seemingly renewed activity at the facility.

"I'd rather not get into the specifics," Bolton said. "The United States government spends a lot of resources and efforts, so we do not have to rely on commercial satellite imagery."

He went on to underline that Washington would continue to keep close tabs on any unusual movement taking place inside the reclusive regime.

"We've seen a lot in North Korea," he said. "We watch it constantly. There is a lot of activity all the time in North Korea, but I'm not going to speculate on what that particular commercial satellite picture shows."

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