John Bolton warns North Korea could face even more sanctions
John Bolton told Fox Business News on Tuesday that the Hanoi summit with the North Korean leader was intended to see if Pyongyang would abandon its “nuclear weapons program and everything associated with it.”
Bolton then said that the North Korean leadership would face consequences if they did not denuke.
“If they’re not willing to do it, then I think President Trump has been very clear … they’re not going to get relief from the crushing economic sanctions that have been imposed on them,” said Bolton, who has advocated war with North Korea in the past.
Bolton even threatened on the program that the US could “look at ramping those sanctions up, in fact.”
The statement by Bolton comes days after a Feb. 28 summit was cut short when the US and North Korea could not reach an agreement on a “denuclearization” pact.
Also on Tuesday, Republican Senator Pat Toomey and Democrat Chris Van Hollen reintroduced a bill to impose sanctions on any bank that does business with its North Korea.
The bill is named in tribute to Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died after being jailed by Pyongyang.