Former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton does not rule out that Pyongyang is bluffing, speaking about the deadline for the resumption of negotiations with Washington, established at the end of the year.
“I think that’s a bluff. They think the president (Donald Trump) is desperate to make a deal, and if they impose an artificial time limit, I can get a better deal,” Bolton told NPR. “But this is all part of the North Korean play. They have successfully done it with three previous US administrations and they plan to do the same with this one”.
The Trump administration is making a “big mistake,” he said, if according to The New York Times it really blocks UN Security Council attempts to discuss human rights abuses in North Korea for fear of upsetting Pyongyang and disrupting negotiations. “We have seen this model for more than three decades: North Koreans announce that they are going to abandon their nuclear weapons program, especially in exchange for tangible economic benefits, but they never do,” Bolton said.