Bolton: Trump aims for second Kim summit in early 2019

National security adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that the second meeting between President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would likely happen in “January, February” of 2019.

Bolton said that Trump wanted another meeting because North Korea has not lived up to the commitments it made during the Singapore summit in June.


"They have not lived up to the commitments so far," Bolton said at The Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Council conference, according to CNN. "That's why I think the President thinks that another summit is likely to be productive." 

Trump made similar comments on the timing of the meeting on Saturday.

At their first summit, Trump and Kim agreed to a framework for denuclearization, a deal which also included unspecified American security assurances.

"We're going to pursue this," Bolton said. "If the North Koreans follow through on their commitments they made in Singapore, President Trump will deserve the Nobel Peace Prize."

"He opened the door for them," Bolton added. "Now they have to walk through it. That's what we hope to make progress on at the next meeting."

Progress on dismantling the country's arsenal has been stalled multiple times, and satellite images published in November indicate that North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 bases across the country.

Trump maintained the images did not contain new information.