Bolton pushes back on North Korea negotiations report

U.S. national security adviser John BoltonJohn Robert BoltonSchumer joins Pelosi in opposition to post-Brexit trade deal that risks Northern Ireland accord Why President Trump must keep speaking out on Hong Kong Trump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan MORE on Monday pushed back on a New York Times report suggesting the U.S. may accept a "nuclear freeze" from North Korea in a new round of negotiations.

"I read this NYT story with curiosity," Bolton tweeted.

"Neither the NSC [National Security Council] staff nor I have discussed or heard of any desire to 'settle for a nuclear freeze by NK.' This was a reprehensible attempt by someone to box in the President. There should be consequences."

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The story was printed in the Times's "News Analysis" section and claimed that in new negotiations with North Korea the U.S. may be willing to tacitly accept the country as a nuclear power.

That approach would enshrine the status quo, stopping North Korea's nuclear arsenal from growing, but not requiring the dismantling of any weapons the rogue nation may currently have.

"We are confident in the accuracy of our reporting," Times vice president of communications Danielle Rhoades Ha told The Hill.

Ha also pointed to a line in the story that notes the “administration still insists in public and in private that its goals remain full denuclearization.”

President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE made history Sunday by becoming the first sitting U.S. president to enter North Korea when he and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnRomney: 'Putin and Kim Jong Un deserve a censure rather than flattery' Pompeo expresses concern over North Korea missile tests State Dept. extends travel ban to North Korea MORE met for a surprise negotiation session that lasted almost an hour on the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone.

Trump has touted the meeting as a diplomatic success that will improve U.S.-North Korea ties. The president has met with Kim three times now in efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

Bolton's pushback on the Times's report continues the administration's adversarial relationship with media. The president has often lashed out at critical pieces on his administration and has called the media the "enemy of the people." 

Earlier this month, he accused the Times of treason, a crime punishable by death, after the newspaper reported the U.S. is stepping up its use of cyberattacks against Russia.

Updated at 8:59 a.m.