President Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton lamented the president’s “failed diplomacy” with North Korea and said the country is more dangerous now than in the past.
Bolton, who served under Trump from April 2018 to September 2019, said that North Korea is more dangerous now because it has had time to continue the development of its nuclear weapons program over the last few years despite overt overtures by the United States and South Korea to improve diplomacy.
“The fact is that we wasted a lot of time with Trump’s failed diplomacy with North Korea,” Bolton said Wednesday on CNBC. “Rogue states need time to perfect their nuclear capabilities, their ballistic missile capabilities. That’s what Kim Jong Un was doing.”
Trump held two summits with Kim, one in Singapore in 2018 and another in Hanoi, Vietnam, the following year. Trump also made history by becoming the first U.S. president to visit North Korea by crossing into the Demilitarized Zone along the country’s border.
Despite the efforts, North Korea has pushed ahead with its weapons program.
Bolton’s remarks come just days after Kim used a military parade to reveal a new intercontinental ballistic missile, which, if functional and not a mock-up, would be among the largest ICBMs in the world.
“So, I do think it’s more dangerous now because of the progress that North Korea has made,” Bolton said.
Japan, an ally of the U.S., announced on Monday that it will be boosting its missile defense capabilities given the new slate of weaponry unveiled by North Korea during its weekend military parade.
Pressure for peace in the region has also come from South Korea. During South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s September speech before the United Nations General Assembly, he called for an end to the 70-year Korean War.
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