John Bolton: New North Korea missile threat

“But the fact is, his central point is that three prior Administrations, over a 25 year period, have tried the State Department’s favored approach, a mixture of carrot and stick, incentive and disincentives, to try and stop North Korea and it’s failed for 25 years.”

“I think the key point is don’t think that taking to North Korea at this point is going to have any impact that is real.”

“If you want to try the diplomatic option, don’t waste your time talking to the Kim family dictatorship. Talk to the people in Bejing.”

“Here is the question that the President of the United States has to answer: Are we prepared to live forever with North Korea having nuclear weapons? Will Americans be under that threat for as far as the eye can see? I find that unacceptable.”

“Fundamentally, the president is responsible for protecting Americans.”


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.