North Korea nuclear threat

Amb. John Bolton on on the North Korean nuclear threat:

“North Korea is very close to the point where it can miniaturize a nuclear device, put it on an intercontinental ballistic missile, and hit targets in the United States.”

“The United States has tried for +25 years, diplomatically, to talk North Korea out of its nuclear weapons program. We’ve tried coercion through economic sanctions. It’s all failed.”

“North Korea is never going to voluntarily give up its nuclear weapons program. It is their ace in the hole. It is their insurance policy.”


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.