How should U.S. respond to North Korean missile launch?
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
- Duration 3:50
- Date Dec 12, 2012
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
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So for more on this North Korean launch let's bring in ambassador John Bolton former US ambassador to the UN and -- Fox News contributor.
Good morning ambassador.
What should -- UN what should be US response be.
Well I I think our policy on North Korea has been wrong for a long time so I I'm not in favor of a small shift in policy I think the only way to deal.
With North Korea's nuclear weapons program and let's be clear this missile launch is part of its nuclear weapons program it's a delivery vehicle.
For the war had one their finally able to made the nuclear device in the missile.
What our policy should be is the reunification of the Korean Peninsula the only way that we're gonna solve the North Korean nuclear weapons problem.
Is by Andy North Korea now that's an arduous task I recognize that but in the short term we've used that conventional.
Devices North Korea's the most heavily sanctioned country on earth it obviously didn't stop this missile launch it hasn't stopped them from testing.
Two nuclear devices so I think that -- not gonna produce anything I have I think you have to take a longer view and a bigger picture so there aren't more -- Well sure you could impose more sanctions then you'd have to ask whether China Russia Iran and others will bother to comply with the sanctions and I think the evidence of this -- is.
That existing sanctions and there have been several Security Council sanctions going back to 2006 the United States and some others have had.
-- total sanctions on North Korea for close to fifty years that but they obviously have not worked and more sanctions won't work either.
Well that this is what the third time that the north Koreans haven't have you don't put together some highly provocative act.
And just really during though the Obama administration from the of the message that the US has to send out.
Has to be clear but what kind of what kind of stick do we have to go with our work.
Well I think we've got to convince China and I concede it's an arduous task but I think we've got to convince China that their own security long term depends on.
Ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program China could do that alone if it wanted to its supplies 90% of North Korea's energy.
And substantial amounts of food to keep the North Korean population there instead of in China.
But -- not been willing to do that because it fears that the regime would collapse in the peninsula would reunify that's what we need to convince China.
The long term it is in their interest because if North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
Other countries in the region Japan South Korea Taiwan and others.
-- themselves got to look to whether they want nuclear weapons which would obviously make the entire region much more unstable.
And for those who wondered whether Kim Jung un had staying power as leader of North Korea he just bought himself a whole lot of time in that job to me.
Well I think he showed that that the capability of the north Koreans has been underestimated and I I think you're right this will.
-- a political boost for him but let's be clear this rocket testing program and the work with Iran have been going on for decades.
And they have had some notable failures but each failure tells them something and -- success tells them something.
If they can put a -- payload into orbit which we concede they've apparently done.
In effect there well on the way to putting a nuclear payload anywhere on the plan.
Two members of the original axis of evil still working together.
Ambassador John Bolton thank you.