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The appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser completes what some experts are calling a “war cabinet” of military hawks surrounding President Donald Trump, a move that will raise tensions on the Korean Peninsula before a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Alan Mendoza, executive director of the British foreign policy think tank, the Henry Jackson Society, believes that Bolton’s appointment will work in the U.S.’s favor during the talks by ensuring North Korea knows all options are still on the table.
“[The appointment] is more a message to North Korea than South Korea that the U.S. is serious about solving this issue, and will take any and all means necessary if sanctions and negotiations fail to avert a fully armed nuclear state,” Mendoza told VICE News.
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