Bolton on North Korea: We’re at a very perilous point

“We should never accept a North Korea with nuclear weapons.”

“The consensus is forming; the establishment foreign policy says we’re just going to have to learn to live with them. I reject that.”

“Listen to the way that North Korea talks. They don’t have the capability to hit us yet, but when they do, maybe they will act that way. I think we are at a very perilous point.”

“To impose pain on China, we have to be willing to bear pain too. It’s a big economy over there, and we’ve got to put the pressure on in a big way. You can believe that the American financial institutions in New York won’t accept that.”

“Are you willing to live with a nuclear capable North Korea that can hit any target in the United States it wants, and use that capability to blackmail us? To force our troops out of Korea? To Force our troops out of Japan? To force our troop out of Guam? If you don’t want to live under that threat than I think you’ve got to consider the military option.”


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.