Former UN Ambassador Bolton on North Korean Sanctions: ‘No Time for This to Have Impact’

By Melanie Arter | November 29, 2017 | 7:05 PM EST

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

( - Former UN Ambassador John Bolton told Fox News Wednesday that it’s too late for additional sanctions on North Korea to be effective and North Korea will use diplomatic talks to cross the nuclear finish line.

“Forget it. There is no time for this to have impact. Look, if the State Department is still focused on sanctions, then I will guarantee you. I’ll bet the ranch right now North Korea will have deliverable nuclear weapons,” Bolton told “Outnumbered Overtime’s ”Harris Faulkner.

“So the president was right when he tweeted or said, remember that, when he said about Secretary Tillerson, remember? He was chiding him. He was saying, oh, yeah, yeah, your diplomacy blah, blah, blah. Was he right?” Faulkner asked.

“Yes, I wouldn’t have done it in public, but that’s right. The one diplomatic play that’s left here is with China. Presumably, the president delivered that message, which should be something like, Look Xi Jinping, we can do this the easy way, or we can do this the hard way,” Bolton said.

“China has a unique capability to bring that regime in North Korea down, to reunite the two Koreas, to put in a new regime, to get rid of the nuclear weapons, but there isn’t any time to talk to North Korea about it, because they will use additional time to cross the nuclear finish line,” he said.

“And so that’s why I say, do you want a North Korea that has that capability, that can be a one-stop shopping place for thermo-nuclear weapons, ballistic technology for Iran and for ISIS, for any would-be nuclear state around the world, or would we take the obviously undesirable but potentially necessary step of using military force?” Bolton said.

Bolton said the 25 years the United States has spent trying to talk North Korea into giving up its nuclear weapons program has failed.

“We have blinked at this reality for 25 years. We’ve spent 25 years trying to talk or pressure the North Koreans into giving up. It has failed, and it will fail now this close to achieving what they’ve been after all those years,” he said.

Bolton also wondered when the United States plans to seriously consider the military option when dealing with North Korea.

“You have to ask when we’re going to start seriously considering a military option, because we’re going to come to a binary choice here,” he said.

“Absent some dramatic action by China, which I don’t see at the moment, we either have to decide that we’re going to use military force to destroy this nuclear weapons program, or we better be prepared to live with North Korea with a capability to drop nuclear weapons on any American city that the leadership chooses. That’s going to be the choice in very short order,” Bolton added.

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