On Wednesday, the United States President Donald Trump has said that John Bolton, expelled a day as the National Security Advisor, has been a “disaster” on the North Korean Policy, “out of line” on Venezuela, didn’t get along with significant administration officials.
President Trump claims that Mr. Bolton has made several mistakes, including offending North Korean President Kim Jong-un by asking him to follow a “Libyan Model” and hand over all nuclear weapons.
The US President told sources at the White House, “We were set back very badly when John Bolton talked about the Libyan model … what a disaster.”
“He’s using that to make a deal with North Korea? And I don’t blame Kim Jong Un for what he said after that, and he wanted nothing to do with John Bolton. And that’s not a question of being tough. That’s a question of being not smart to say something like that,” added President Trump.
President Trump continued that he disagreed with Mr. Bolton over Venezuela but didn’t offer any specifics, adding that “I thought he was way out of line and I think I’ve proven to be right.”
He said that John Bolton, with his hardline and abrasive approach “wasn’t getting along with people in the administration that I consider very important.”
“John wasn’t in line with what we were doing,” added President Trump.
He further informed to get along with the National Security Advisor and hoped to be parted on good terms, adding that “Maybe we have and maybe we haven’t. I have to run the country the way we’re running the country.”
President Trump has been impatient with the failure to expel Socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro via a US-led campaign of diplomacy and sanctions in which Mr. Bolton was a driving force.
John Bolton was also a Chief Architect of TrumpAdministration’s hardline policy over Iran.
President Trump further said that “we’ll see what happens”.
North Korea has condemned John Bolton as a “human scum” and “war maniac”. In 2018, it threatened to call off a meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un after the National Security Advisor has suggested the “Libya Model” of unilateral disarmament. Earlier, Mr. Bolton had proposed using military forces to overthrow the ruling dynasty of the nation.
The US President’s efforts to engage with North Korea almost fell apart together in February after President Trump followed Mr. Bolton’s advise at a summit in Hanoi, and handed the North Korean leader with a piece of paper that asked for the transfer of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States.
President Trump has declared the removal of John Bolton, a day after North Korea has indicated new willingness to resume denuclearisation talks, but then proceeded with the latest in a series of missile test launches.
According to sources, the removal of Mr. Bolton could be helpful to resume talks but will not make it soften for Washington to persuade Pyongyang to give up nuclear weapons.
Washington has given no hint so far that it will ease its demand for ultimate denuclearisation, even with Mr. Bolton gone, the risk of nothing gambit is unexpected to be repeated so blankly.
Jenny Town at 38 North, a US-based North Korea Project was quoted saying, “This change in personnel could carve out some space for new approaches or thinking about what defines success and how to achieve it,” adding that “whether it actually does or whether Mr. Bolton’s view was more deeply entrenched in the US thinking on this matter is yet to be seen.”