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Shooting down war-crazy hawk

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By Donald Kirk

TOKYO ― Kim Jong-un must be happy now. What could have made him feel better than for his friend President Donald Trump to dump John Bolton as national security adviser?

As Trump made clear, he and Bolton disagreed on many things, notably the Middle East, Iran and Afghanistan. Bolton's hawkish instincts would have appeared to fit in perfectly with Trump's views, but Bolton was considerably more extreme. Although he served only briefly in the armed forces, avoiding Vietnam, he appeared far more eager for military intervention than did his boss.

Bolton's hawkish views were most evident, though, in his arguments against concessions to North Korea. North Korea accused both him and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of having persuaded Trump to walk out of his February summit with Kim in Hanoi after advising him the North needed to do much more than offer a vague promise to shut down its aging nuclear complex at Yongbyon while maintaining its nuclear program at other sites in the country.

The dismissal of Bolton gives North Korea all the more reason to stick to its guns ― and nukes. The North's vice foreign minister, Choe Son-hui, made clear,........

© The Korea Times