John Bolton cancels South Korea, ahead of Trump-Kim Jong-un summit.
Mr Bolton reportedly cancelled his plans due to “the need to watch the Venezuelan situation”. He was expected to visit South Korea this week for discussions about the upcoming summit in Hanoi between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The talks were intended to hammer out the details of what Trump and Kim might agree to regarding denuclearisation and humanitarian aid.
A National Security Council spokesperson said: “Ambassador Bolton has cancelled his travel to the Republic of Korea to focus on events in Venezuela.”
While a diplomatic source in Seoul revealed it was due to Venezuelan conflict.
Mr Bolton has previously stated he is sceptical of a diplomatic resolution to North Korea’s nuclear threat and believes Kim has yet to take concrete steps towards denuclearisation.
He also said a second summit is necessary after Kim not living up to commitments he made from the first summit in June 2018.
Mr Bolton told the Wall Street Journal: “They have not lived up to the commitments so far.
“That’s why I think the President thinks that another summit is likely to be productive.”
However, Trump told reporters this week that he sees “no rush whatsoever” on denuclearisation of North Korea.
Despite a White House team working hard to sort out the logistics.
North Korea has demanded the US’s “corresponding measures” in return for its additional denuclearisation steps, which may include partial sanctions relief, humanitarian aid.
Mr Bolton came under fire last year after he proposed the Libya model as a potential way forward with the diplomacy aimed at the denuclearisation in North Korea.
But the comparison caused concern because Libya gave up its nuclear programme in 2003, almost 10 years before Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in a domestic uprising supported by a NATO-led intervention.
Vice President Mike Pence defended Bolton’s comments and added that the US-NK talks would only end like the Libya model “if Kim Jong-un doesn’t make a deal”.