It could be a short meeting

Transcript Highlights:

I think it’s going to happen. I think what President Trump has done is to just upend normal diplomatic expectations.

The reason Kim Jong-un extended this invitation has to do with two related facts. One, he is very close to achieving a 25 year long objective of obtaining nuclear weapons he can target anywhere in the United States. And number two, he’s very worried that Donald Trump is the kind of president who means what he says.

I think they are very worried that unlike Barack Obama, and other of his predecessors, when President Trump says he’s prepared to use military force he means it and he’s not afraid to do it.

How can you tell when the North Korea regime is lying? Answer: When their lips are moving.

If Kim is not serious, we’re going to find out about that very soon.

That’s why I don’t think this needs to be a long discussion. If you want to denuclearize, we’ve got the ships and the planes to do it for you. We’re ready to go. Just tell us where to show up. If you’re not ready for that, then you’re not ready to denuclearize. And you’re not going to string us out and confuse the situation just so you can perfect your deliverable nuclear weapons technology.

I think the North Korean people are more aware of the outside world than we give them credit for.

I think the regime is on very fragile foundations. One way to avoid preemptive military force is to bring the regime down.


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.