Talks between North and South Korea do not show opportunity for any kind of a breakthrough, and North Korea is waging a "propaganda campaign" to disguise its progress on nuclear weapons, former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Tuesday, despite talk that the two nations will actively cooperate for the Olympic Games in February.
"I think the entire purpose the North Koreans had in mind was a propaganda campaign," Bolton, now a Fox News contributor, told the "America's Newsroom" program. "It is succeeding very well."
The talks have led several in the American news media to say that a breakthrough has happened, with the nations' leadership sitting for a meeting on Tuesday for the first time in two years, said Bolton, showing that the propaganda push is working.
"The only reason this is happening, I fear, is that North Korea thinks it is so close to finally achieving its long sought objective of getting deliverable nuclear weapons it will buy six or eight weeks after the Olympics," said Bolton. "People talking about the talks, taking advantage of a weak South Korean government and trying to counter pressure and ideas within the Trump administration that maybe military force might be necessary against their nuclear program. It is so predictable it is unbelievable."
The nations have not only agreed that North Korea will send a delegation to the games in South Korea, but the nations also plan talks on reducing military tensions.
Bolton said that by March, the United States will be back to where it is right now as far as North Korea is concerned.
"I don't think there is any substance to this," he said. "North Korea graces the world with its presence at the Winter Olympics. I can hardly contain myself. This is the kind of propaganda victory that is easily obtained when you are dealing with a South Korean government that is just desperate for some kind of opening to talk to the North Koreans. Nothing will change as a result of this."
Even if the delegations from the two warring countries walk out together at the games' opening ceremonies, that will be just like "Deja-vu 2000 Olympics, 2004 Olympics," said Bolton, with the "same kind of government in South Korea, same total lack of results on the nuclear program."
The talks also show that North Korea is trying to drive a wedge between South Korea and President Donald Trump, said Bolton.
"Driving a wedge is always part of their strategy," said Bolton. "It's hard for Trump to say to South Korea, don't invite them to the Olympics or don't talk to them. We're going through a game of charades and it will have to play out. No other alternative. People should understand this means nothing substantively on the nuclear issue."
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