What Happened: The White House will not grant economic incentives to North Korea before it denuclearizes, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton told Voice of America on Aug. 14, adding that U.S. President Donald Trump was still seeking a "big deal" with Pyongyang.
Why It Matters: Bolton's comments indicate that the United States has not changed its hard-line stance on North Korean denuclearization. Progress on U.S.-North Korean talks has slowed recently and will likely continue to stagnate if Washington maintains its position on denuclearization.
Background: North Korea has conducted at least five weapons tests in recent weeks while also condemning ongoing military drills by the United States and South Korea. However, a letter last week from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to U.S. President Donald Trump signaled that dialogue between both sides remains feasible.