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Bolton Applauds Decision to Pull Out of UN Human Rights Council

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:49 AM

National security adviser John Bolton Wednesday applauded the United States' decision to pull out of the United Nations' Human Rights Council, saying that the council and its predecessor, the Human Rights Commission, "were really not places where human rights was a priority."

"This decision in many respects has been decades in the making," Bolton, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

"It is the right decision to defund the Human Rights Council…[this is] something I think that goes to the broader question of American sovereignty."

On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said during her announcement at the State Department that the council "has been a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias," and that the decision was an affirmation of U.S. respect for human rights, which "does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights."

Bolton said he believed Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were on target with their comments.

"We are actually self-governing in this country," said Bolton. "We have the Constitution. We make our share of mistakes and we correct them. We don't need advice by the U.N. or other international bodies on how to govern ourselves."

He denied, however, that the decision came after the council on Monday criticized the United States over President Donald Trump's immigration policy that has resulted in the separation of families at the nation's border with Mexico.

"This decision was made by President Trump weeks ago, followed long decision-making and review of the Human Rights Council's performance," the national security adviser insisted. "As I say, it's something that reflects a widely held view in the United States. One reason why in 2006, when I was up at the U.N., we voted against creating this council because we said it was not adequately reformed.

"It would not change its behavior from its predecessor, the Human Rights Commission. The last 12 years have simply proven that I think what Mike Pompeo and Nikki Haley announced yesterday was exactly the right thing. "

The move does have more broad implications for American sovereignty worldwide, Bolton continued.

"We did talk about Israel because it is singled out unfairly," he said. "In many respects, Israel the saying goes, is the canary in the mineshaft in the United States. Countries that attack Israel do it because they think it's easier, much of their criticism is really aimed at us."

Bolton also discussed the president's recent trip to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying Trump made it clear to Kim that "he faces a decisive and dramatic choice" whether to denuclearize, and "if it does, it can have a very different future."

He said the next steps will likely include Pompeo and others meeting with North Korea to discuss the matter, "and we will find soon enough, I think, whether they have made this strategic decision."

The next move is North Korea's to make, he continued.

"They said they want complete denuclearization," he said. "Now we will have to talk about how to achieve that. I think you will see diplomatic engagement proceed very quickly. President Trump has been quite clear. He doesn't intend to make the mistakes of past administrations.

"So, lengthy delay and talks I think are not in store. I think we would like to move quickly. If they are serious, North Korea should want to move quickly, too."

Meanwhile, all sanctions against North Korea will remain in place until there is "real evidence" of "palpable, concrete steps of denuclearization," said Bolton.

"We are urging everybody to continue them, and we will watch very closely what North Korea not only says but what it does," he added.

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