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Bolton: Striking Pyongyang Less Risky Sooner Than Later

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By    |   Tuesday, 29 Aug 2017 03:17 PM

Using the military option sooner is less risky and less costly than giving North Korea more time to advance its nuclear capabilities, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton told Fox News on Tuesday.

Bolton was reacting after President Donald Trump warned Kim Jong Un's regime "all options are in the table" Tuesday after North Korea fired a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan.

The former ambassador said Pyongyang's action was "as clear a demonstration as you're going to get without actually hitting American or Japanese or South Korean territory what this regime has in mind."

He added "I think there's no misunderstanding in Japan, South Korea or – I hope – in the United States how grave this threat is," pointing out South Korea conducted a live-fire drill near the demilitarized zone in response to North Korea's missile launch.

Bolton said it is the responsibility of the U.S. government to protect American citizens, and that's why Trump must keep the military option on the table, stressing it is not warmongering to consider a strike sooner rather than later.

"You see a ballistic missile on a North Korean launchpad – perhaps in a year we would know that it could reach the United States," Bolton said. "Are you going to bet what direction it's headed in? Are you going to bet it doesn't have a nuclear warhead under the nose cone in the reentry vehicle? Are you going to bet it's a peaceful satellite launch? Or are you going to take action?"

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Using the military option sooner is less risky and less costly than giving North Korea more time to advance its nuclear capabilities, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton told Fox News on Tuesday.
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