President Donald Trump has vowed to maintain the United States’ “unfair” trade balance, while the former U,N.
Ambassador to North Korea, John Bolton, says the plan will be “unjust” and “unwise.”
Bolton says the United Nations will have to step in if the country does not take steps to stop its nuclear program, but he says it will not be a “no-brainer” to intervene.
Bolton spoke on “Meet the Press” Sunday on CBS, where host Chuck Todd asked Bolton if the United Kingdom should go it alone and strike North Korea militarily.
Bolton said that was a very important question.
“If it were a no-brainer, it would be the U.K.,” he said.
“The United Kingdom, the United states, other countries, are not going to sit there and say, ‘Well, we’re going to stand aside and let this happen.'”
Bolton said the U,S.
and other nations should stand together and use the power of their economic leverage to pressure North Korea.
“What we’re seeing is a very, very unwise and unfair trade imbalance between the United Sates and the North Korean regime.
It’s unwise because the U.,S.
is not a trading nation, we do not negotiate, we don’t negotiate with each other,” Bolton said.
Bolton added that if North Korea does not change course, it will face “the most serious consequences in its history.”
“The U.R.S., the United Arab Emirates, France, Britain and the U of A all have diplomatic relations with the North,” Bolton explained.
“They have the diplomatic capacity to send people in to help.
The problem is the North Koreans don’t have diplomatic capacity.
They have nothing to offer.”
Bolton said if the North does not act soon, the U is “totally at risk.”
“If the North takes that path, I don’t think it’s going to be very hard to get them to stop their nuclear program.
If they do, that will change the calculus and it will have an effect on what the US. can do,” Bolton added.
Bolton is a former U.,N.
diplomat under President Barack Obama.
He has a long history of criticizing the United State and has repeatedly called for the U to take a stronger stance on the issue.
Bolton was also criticized by fellow Republicans during the 2016 presidential campaign for claiming that U.C. San Diego was “a bunch of racist hippies” who were taking up space on the university campus.