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John Bolton: Important for Trump, Military to Lay Out Case on North Korea

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By    |   Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 03:44 PM

President Donald Trump's upcoming meeting with all 100 senators at the White House is important so they can learn what is at stake where North Korea is concerned, former ambassador John Bolton said Tuesday.

"After eight years of Barack Obama not talking about the threat of North Korea, I think it's important that the president has his top military advisors lay out what they know about North Korean capabilities," Bolton said on Fox News' "Outnumbered" program.

"If military action has to be taken, everybody ought to know just how serious this threat is."

It's not simply about what North Korea can do, but it's also about what the United States expects the country to be able to do in a short period of time, "which is to militarize a nuclear weapon and target the United States," Bolton said.

The former ambassador said the Trump administration is correct to focus on North Korea, because at the end of the Obama administration, "the widespread consensus was that North Korea was very close to getting the ability to hit the United States."

"Our commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said as much last year," said Bolton. "Just a couple of weeks ago, the commander of the strategic command said the only thing he doubted North Korea had the capability to do right now was the actual militarization. They are very close."

Now, after 25 years of "misguided notions that we can talk North Korea out of its nuclear weapons, it appears the chickens are coming home to roost, and a threat to the United States is as real as these things go, and imminent."

Bolton said he does not, however, share the White House's confidence in China and the hope that it will put pressure on North Korea.

"I've watched China over a long period of time do a two step on this, saying yes, we don't want North Korea to have nuclear weapons, but not exerting the pressure that they uniquely can bring against North Korea," said Bolton. "They're going through the motions right now. I think that they may be convinced that President Trump has been very clear that either they solve the problem or we will solve the problem. If there were a reaction to have direct ramifications for China, based on 25 years of performance to date, I think I'll keep my powder dry for a while and judge China's performance."

Bolton said he does not believe that there will be hostilities because of North Korea's current live fire exercise, but the real risk is the potential for delivery of nuclear weapons.

"There's nothing better than the scenario of the Chinese president having dinner with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago when the president says that he's just launched over 5,000 tomahawk missiles at Syria over coffee and dessert,"said Bolton. "I think the west has learned. I just have my doubts about China's assessment of the situation. I've long believed the only real solution here is alignment on the peninsula merging the two countries. Until you get rid of this regime entirely, the erratic dangerous nature of the regime poses a threat."

However, he said he thinks North Korean President Kim Jong Un and his regime has a "Hitler in the bunker mentality," and when the United States demands that he give up his nuclear weapons, "what they hear is 'give up your regime.' They see the two as synonymous."

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