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Bolton Defies Former Boss Trump, Says North Korea Won’t Give Up Their Nukes So Easily

John Bolton, the former Trump administration National Security Adviser who was dismissed from his position in the White House earlier this month, had some strong words about the president regarding whether it was realistic to expect North Korea to denuclearize.

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President Donald Trump has frequently boasted that his efforts have made denuclearization on the Korean peninsula a real possibility, but so far nothing tangible has happened as a result of his direct meetings with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Bolton, speaking at an event organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday, lambasted his former boss’s assertions, Politico reported.

Kim “has not made a strategic decision to give up its nuclear weapons,” Bolton argued, adding that North Korea’s leader will “do whatever he can to keep a deliverable nuclear weapons capability and to develop and enhance it further.”

Bolton also suggested that any small agreement that may come about would still be at the detriment of U.S. interests, creating a far greater benefit for Pyongyang.

“They want a piece of something that we should not be prepared to give them,” Bolton said.

This was Bolton’s first public statement since losing his job earlier this month. Trump announced, via Twitter, that he had fired Bolton, saying on Tuesday, September 10 that Bolton’s “services [were] no longer needed at the White House.”

“I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation,” Trump added, per prior reporting from HillReporter.com.

Bolton responded to Trump’s tweet, saying that the day before, they had merely talked about Bolton offering to quit, not be fired.

“I offered to resign [on Monday, September 9] and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow,'” Bolton wrote in his own tweet, according to reporting from Forbes.