Former and current South Korean government officials are blaming White House National Security Advisor John Bolton for endangering next month’s planned summit between the U.S. and North Korea.
As outlined by The Washington Post’s Tokyo bureau chief Anna Fifield, Bolton is being accused of eroding efforts at diplomacy with maximalist and unrealistic expectations for Pyongyang.
WH Nat’l Security Adviser John Bolton tells @MarthaRaddatz permanent, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization “has to happen before the benefits start to flow” to North Korea. “We want to see the denuclearization process so completely underway that it’s irreversible.” pic.twitter.com/v4YWZJ3kzj
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Speaking to YTN Radio, Chung Dong-young, a South Korean lawmaker and former unification minister, described Bolton as one of several “land mines” on the path to U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s meeting in Singapore on June 12.
“There are several land mines on the way to the summit between North Korea and the U.S.,” Chung said. “One of those land mines just exploded: John Bolton.”
The one-time U.S. ambassador drew the ire of Pyongyang last week after continuing his repeated calls for a “Libya model” to be used for North Korean denuclearization.