John R. Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, reveals in his new book how bureaucrats in the State Department undermined efforts at the United Nations against North Korea. The bureaucrats are particularly strong in the East Asia-Pacific bureau, known as EAP and dubbed “EAPeasers,” because of the penchant for appeasement over tough diplomacy and action.
The book, “Surrender Is Not an Option,” is Mr. Bolton’s fascinating insider account of his work at Foggy Bottom and Turtle Bay and also shows how the appeasers succeeded in undermining U.S. efforts to get North Korea to give up its nuclear program as part of the sixparty nuclear talks.
Under Christopher R. Hill, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs, a series of endless concessions to North Korea is producing an outcome similar to the Clinton administration’s failed diplomacy with Pyongyang, he said.
In a section titled “The Munchkins Win on North Korea,” Mr. Bolton said tough diplomacy under his leadership succeeded in passage of two relatively tough U.N. resolutions, over initial objections of China and Russia, on North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, while concessions at the six-nation nuclear talks are a disaster.
“Strong diplomacy in the Security Council produced two tough resolutions,” he wrote. “Weak diplomacy in the six-party talks has allowed North Korea to consolidate and solidify its nuclear posture and taken the United States down the same road as the failed 1994 Agreed Framework.” He called the February deal in Beijing “radically incomplete” since it did not deal properly with the existing nuclear weapons, much less the covert uranium enrichment program.