Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton on Sunday night announced that he is considering a bid for US president in 2012.

Speaking on Jerusalem-based Aaron Klein's WABC Radio show, Bolton said he was motivated to run for president over concern "about the direction of national security policy."

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When asked what factors he would consider in making his final decision, Bolton replied: "I think it's very important on the Republican side that we have a candidate against [US President Barack] Obama who can address these national security issues and to be able to debate him as an equal when you get into the 2012 campaign."

Earlier in the interview, Bolton, who also once oversaw US non-proliferation policy, came out strongly against the Obama administration's foreign policy, saying that the US president seems to be " very uncomfortable asserting American interests around the world."

"He views national security as a distraction from his real priority, which is restructuring the American way of life. And his foreign policy really consists of making decisions, in the case of Iraq and Afghanistan, only when he is forced to do it," Bolton added.

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