Following Friday’s failed missile launch by North Korea, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton charged in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV that the United States has to have a better plan than counting on the other side’s missiles “blowing up in flight.”
The isolated north, using a long-range rocket launch to celebrate the 100th birthday of dead founding president, Kim Il-sung, and to mark the rise to power of his grandson, Kim Jong Un, is now widely expected to press ahead with a third nuclear test to show its military might. The North Korean rocket crashed into the sea after traveling a much shorter distance than a previous launch.
Attending the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis on Friday, Bolton insisted that North Korea’s action demonstrates it believes it can continue to make progress toward a “deliverable” nuclear weapon.
“Although the missile failed close to launch, you know our defense of our civilian population can’t rest on the other side’s missiles blowing up in flight,” declared Bolton, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for 16 months under former President George W. Bush.
Read the rest here