Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting today with 19 other diplomats from different nations today to discuss the issue of N. Korea. But John Bolton suggests that next to nothing productive is actually happening there after hearing a clip of Tillerson from the meeting:
First, here’s the clip of Tillerson speaking at today’s meeting that they aired before Bolton’s interview (it’s cued up):
And here is what Bolton had to say about it:
Bolton said listening to the clip of Tillerson talk about putting economic pressure on N. Korea to bring them to the negotiating table is depressing. As he points out, they started doing this back in 2006 and subsequent sanctions that have been passed, nuclear test after nuclear test, have done little to impede N. Korea’s nuclear program.
Bolton argues that even if sanctions worked – which they do not – there simply isn’t enough time for that kind of pressure to keep N. Korea from getting a deliverable nuclear weapon. Also, the two main suppliers to N. Korea, Russia and China, aren’t even at Tillerson’s meeting.
Bolton empathizes with the notion that you have to show the world you are exhausting every avenue of effort to stop N. Korea, but he says we should be realistic about the fact that it’s all already been tried and it has not worked.
Watch the clip for more.