What Pres. Trump must tell China

“Russia basically doesn’t see the North Korean nuclear capability as a threat to them. They think it’s our problem.”

“I think a nuclear North Korea is contrary to China’s best interests because it’s almost inevitable that if that really goes on, you’re going to see Japan get nuclear weapons.”

“But look, you have to face reality. For 25 years, we have tried to pressure or convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program and failed for twenty-five years. They are at the finish line.”

“Unless you’re prepared to leave North Korea with nuclear weapons, if China doesn’t deliver with its unique capability to pressure the North Koreans and denuclearize them, then the United States is going to have to look at doing it on its own. And nobody wants to talk about the military option, but that’s basically all there is left.”

“The alternative is the risk of dead Americans. That’s’ what the American people should focus on.”


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.