John Bolton cautioned against trying to solve the North Korea problem with sanctions.

President Trump has threatened to levy sanctions against all nations doing business with the dictatorship as tensions rise between North Korea and the U.S.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un conducted the nation's largest nuclear weapons test yet on Sunday, in defiance of the international community's exhortations to deescalate his nuclear program.

Sanctions against North Korea's economy are a "waste of time," Bolton warned on "America's Newsroom" today.

"It's not really an economy, it's a prison camp," the former ambassador to the United Nations said, adding that the North Korean government does not care about the quality of life of its citizens.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also opined that sanctions "of any kind" would be "useless and ineffective."

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Sanctions against powerful North Korea ally China would also not work, Bolton said, since China is afraid collateral damage it might suffer if North Korea collapses.

"Remove the regime or remove the weapons capability," Bolton recommended.

"We are running out of time. Let's face it."

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