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Bolton: Trump Only Bluffing on Stopping North Korea

Bolton: Trump Only Bluffing on Stopping North Korea

President Donald Trump. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Sunday, 22 December 2019 09:37 PM EST

President Donald Trump does not really mean it when he vows to stop North Korea from having deliverable nuclear weapons, former national security adviser John Bolton told Axios in an interview published on Sunday.

"We're now nearly three years into the administration with no visible progress toward getting North Korea to make the strategic decision to stop pursuing deliverable nuclear weapons," said Bolton, who left the Trump administration in September.

He added that "Time is on the side of the proliferator. The more time there is, the more time there is to develop, test and refine both the nuclear component and the ballistic missile component of the program."

Bolton said that "The idea that we are somehow exerting maximum pressure on North Korea is just unfortunately not true, insisting that the administration’s stance that it is unacceptable for Pyongyang to possess nuclear weapons that could strike the United States or its allies is now more of a "rhetorical policy."

He added that the pressure campaign against the country could be stronger if, for example, the U.S. Navy began to intercept oil that is illegally being transferred to North Korea at sea.

Bolton said that if North Korean leader Kim Jong-un carries out his threated Christmas provocation, then the Trump administration should admit that its policy has failed and demonstrate through a variety of steps, in conjunction with allies, that the U.S. means what it says about preventing Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.

Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman, a Newsmax writer based in Israel, has more than three decades writing and editing about culture and politics for newspapers, online and television.

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President Donald Trump does not really mean it when he vows to stop North Korea from having deliverable nuclear weapons, former national security adviser John Bolton told Axios in an interview published on Sunday.
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