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US warns of Chinese intervention in November elections

White House's Bolton also says North Korea agreed to denuclearize within a year

White House national Security Adviser John Bolton listens as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a cabinet meeting on Aug. 16.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- John Bolton, the White House's outspoken national security adviser, on Sunday said Russia is not the only country trying to disrupt the upcoming midterm elections, then named China, Iran and North Korea as other states attempting to meddle.

Bolton was appearing on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," on the ABC network.

His comments came a day after President Donald Trump tweeted that "all of the fools that are so focused on looking only at Russia should start also looking in another direction, China."

Bolton did not give concrete examples of Chinese tinkering but stated that the U.S. government is "taking steps to prevent it. ... Those are the four countries we're most concerned about."

Bolton also said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in April indicated he was in agreement that his country would denuclearize within a year. Bolton said Kim gave this indication during a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Bolton said Moon reported what was said in the meeting to U.S. officials.

On April 27, Moon told Kim that North Korea would be able to receive support from Japan and South Korea if it swiftly denuclearizes. Moon was quoted as telling Kim to denuclearize in a year, and Kim reportedly said, "Yes."

Bolton said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is leading U.S. efforts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, is expected to visit the North soon. If he does, it will be his fourth visit to the country.

Eri Sugiura in Tokyo contributed to this report.

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