Amb. Bolton: North Korea’s nuclear war threat is propaganda

Transcript Highlights:

“This is propaganda from the North Korean’s and they are trying to intimidate those Americans who are capable of being intimidated. Unfortunately, there are large numbers of them. The threat in the region is North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. That’s what we have been grappling with unsuccessfully for over twenty-five years. The idea that somehow we’re responsible is ludicrous, except to those who believe that kind of North Korean propaganda.”

“They are definitely getting close to hitting targets all over the continental United States.”

“Nobody should be under any illusion that after twenty-five years and getting this close to the finish line, North Korea is going to be talked out of its nuclear weapons program. That is not going to happen.”

“I think the only diplomatic possibility here is with China to put enough pressure in on the regime in North Korea that it collapses or to acknowledge that we need to reunite the two Koreas. Otherwise, the options look a lot grimmer.”

“There is an easy answer here. We can just stop all this and let North Korea get nuclear weapons and live with it. That’s what Susan Rice, the National security Advisor in the Obama Administration wants to do.”


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.