Can North Korea be contained?

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton on Kim Jong Un’s threats to U.S. security:

“I’m not sure there’s anything that’s going to contain [North Korea’s] regime until it achieves its objective of getting a ballistic missile that can carry a nuclear warhead worldwide.”

“These two countries (North Korea and Iran) work together very closely on ballistic missiles and quite likely on nuclear matters as well. This is more than just an East Asia threat.”

“Just as they have done before, the North is making clear that they can hit very vulnerable targets and they are not afraid to show this off as they continue to improve the guidance and range of their missile capabilities.”

“This threat is rising and for eight years under Obama, with respect to North Korea, the Obama policy was what they called “strategic patience,” which was a synonym for doing nothing.”

“We have to look much more closely at the possibility of some kind of military action.”

“The long-term solution has to be the merger of the two Koreas- the end of North Korea.”


Ambassador John Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. He served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2005-2006. He was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001 to 2005. In the Reagan Administration, he was an Assistant Attorney General.