South Korea calls for three-way talks after collapse at Trump-Kim summit

Trump says Cohen testimony 'may have contributed' to his walking away without a North Korea deal

President Donald Trump's nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (gihm jung oon) ended without a deal, but the White House national security adviser says he doesn't consider that outcome to have been a failure.

Bolton told CBS's "Face the Nation" that Trump's failure to obtain commitments from Pyongyang on destroying its nuclear capability should be seen as "a success, defined as the president protecting and advancing American national interests".

US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 28, 2019.

The president said he believed Kim's claim that he didn't know what happened to 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, who died days after being sent back to the United States in 2017.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy directly opposed Trump's viewpoint in an interview on ABC News' This Week, saying he believes Kim was aware of Warmbier's arrest.

"The president's been very clear he viewed what happened to Otto Warmbier as barbaric and unacceptable and I think the best thing North Korea could do right now would be to come up with a full explanation of exactly what happened to him", Bolton said on CNN.

"People in the media seem to have the impression administration officials kind of comment from the distance as if I were a Fox News contributor as I used to be". Kim will be able to portray himself to his people and supporters as the charismatic head of a nuclear-armed power, not an global pariah that starves its citizens so it can build weapons.

When asked if he shared Trump's stance on Kim's statements, Bolton reiterated that "the president takes him at his word".

During the CBS interview, Bolton also headed off potential criticism that earlier diplomatic groundwork prior to the summit was supposed to negate the possibility of both sides walking away from the meetings without a deal. "That's what matters, not my view".

"I think Kim had all authority to do that".

"Those reactors continue to spin on, producing more material that can threaten us and our allies".

Still, Washington and Seoul are committed to keeping an atmosphere of dialogue alive and announced on Sunday that they would be eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises in what they call an effort to support diplomacy with Pyongyang.

"It was the sanctions that brought the North Koreans to the table". USA officials have long said the spring exercises, known as Foal Eagle and Key Resolve, would be reduced in scope as the countries embraced smaller-scale drills. "That was my position long before I became President".

Earlier in the interview with CNN, Rogers also took issue with Trump's insistence that the House Oversight and Reform Committee's decision to schedule a hearing with his former lawyer Michael Cohen had interfered with the worldwide summit. These projects provided much-needed cash to North Korea before the South shut them down during past periods of tensions.

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