The US State Department said on Tuesday 28th May that North Korea's overall programme of weapons of mass destruction violated UN resolutions, after President Donald Trump dismissed recent missile launches.
According to AFP, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus declined to say if North Korea's launches were of ballistic missiles or constituted weapons of mass destruction (WMD), choosing her words carefully after Trump's latest warm words for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
"I think the entire North Korean WMD programme, it's in conflict with the UN Security (Council) resolutions," Ortagus told reporters.
She said the United States wanted a favourable relationship between Trump and Kim with a goal to "negotiate a peaceful end to the North Korean WMD programme."
"We have said many times and we will continue to reiterate that the economic sanctions will remain in place until we're there," she said.
When he arrived in Japan for a weekend state visit, Trump tweeted that North Korea had tested "some small weapons" that had "disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me."
He appeared to be referring to his National Security Advisor John Bolton, who said on Saturday there was "no doubt" that North Korea's launches had contravened United Nations Security Council resolutions.