Bolton’s dismissal could increase possibility of U.S. changing its hardline stance on sanctions …


With President Trump’s National Security Adviser
John Bolton having left his post, questions are being raised as to how, if at all, nuclear
talks with North Korea will proceed. Our Lee Ji-won has more. In a tweet Tuesday, U.S. President Donald
Trump announced that he had asked U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton for his resignation,…
informing him that “his services are no longer needed at the White House.” The U.S. president added that he “disagreed
strongly” with many of Bolton’s suggestions,… as did others, he said, in the administration. Trump will be naming a new National Security
Adviser next week. The announcement comes after months of rumors
that the two clashed on policy,… including on how to denuclearize North Korea. Some of their disagreements were public,…
with Trump playing down North Korea’s short-range ballistic missile tests,… while Bolton called
them out as violations of UN Security Council resolutions. Bolton was appointed as Trump’s third national
security adviser in April last year,… and was widely known to have advised Trump to
walk out of the second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi back in February,…
after Pyeongyang offered to dismantle only its main nuclear facility in Yeongbyeon. North Korea, too, has numerous times, expressed
anger and dissatisfaction with Bolton through various statements. While Bolton’s dismissal will not directly
change Pyeongyang’s attitude, a North Korea expert says it increases the possibility of
U.S. changing its “calculations” and going back into talks. “North Korea hasn’t been a really trustworthy
partner ever since Hanoi. The North could still test-fire inter-continental
ballistic missiles or satellites, something that would go against President Trump’s self-congratulatory
comments that the recent launches were only short-ranged missiles,… so Trump might be
feeling a need to prove that his North Korea policy is successful. And so with Bolton, the hardliner on Pyeongyang,
gone,… there’s a chance Trump might ease up in his negotiations with the North.” The gist of the current tug-of-war between
the two sides,… the expert said, is whether the U.S. will agree to sanctions relief as
part of the North’s step-by-step denuclearization. And with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
not likely to go hard against Trump, the expert said it remains to be seen what decision the
U.S. will make. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.

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