How to handle North Korea

Amb. John Bolton says the nuclear test ‘could come at any time’:

“China and North Korea have shifted what they do on any number of occasions in the last 25 years when public outrage in the United States, Japan, or elsewhere grew to an extent where they felt they had to pull back.”

“The North Korean regime views the nuclear weapons capability as tantamount to regime survival.”

“They are not going to give up their nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs voluntarily. That’s why the role of China is so important.”

“The next step for the United States is the very serious consideration of military force.”


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.