Bolton on North Korea Talks: They're Only Serious About Finishing a 'Deliverable Nuclear Weapon'
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton downplayed the prospect of an agreement for North Korea to freeze or give up its nuclear weapons program.
President Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning to hail "possible progress" and stated that the U.S. is "ready to go hard in either direction!"
Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea. For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned. The World is watching and waiting! May be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to go hard in either direction!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018
A South Korean delegation met with Kim Jong Un over the past two days, reporting that Kim is open to “heart-to-heart” talks with the U.S. on denuclearization. Kim is also said to have committed to not using nuclear or conventional weapons against Seoul and potentially giving up the nuclear program if "threats" against the regime subside.
On "America's Newsroom," Bolton expressed serious doubts about the North's sincerity, characterizing it as a strategic move so they can push across the finish line on a nuclear missile that can reach the United States.
"The only thing North Korea is serious about is getting deliverable nuclear weapons," he said, questioning why Pyongyang would stop just a "few yards away from the finish line in year 26."
Bolton said direct and indirect talks with North Korea have occurred for the last 25 years and never end up successful. He said if a new round of talks begins, North Korea will possess a deliverable nuclear weapon by the end of the year.
Bill Hemmer asked whether the economic "squeeze" on North Korea might be working, prodding them to negotiate.
"I don't think so," Bolton responded, adding that they're the "world's best grifters" and countries like Russia and Iran do not abide by economic sanctions on North Korea.
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