John Bolton 311.
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Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton
expressed general concern Tuesday with the US President Barack Obama's
Israel to rid the country of nuclear weapons. "The only
good thing I could say about it is that he [Ahmadinejad]
typically says such ridiculous things that I'm not sure he doesn't pose
more problems for his own position by coming than by not coming,"
"Egypt and the Obama
administration are negotiating right now on an Egyptian proposal for a
nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East, which certainly sounds
good," Bolton told Army Radio."Except when you think about it, there is only one
country that resolution is targeted at and that is Israel."
"When I was in the Bush administration we refused to even talk about
these kinds of ideas," Bolton said. "I'd be quite worried about the
possible outcome there."
"The president is not happy with Israel's nuclear capabilities. I think
he would be delighted if Israel gave up its nuclear weapons," Bolton
only unknown answer at this point is exactly how much pressure he
would exert on Israel to do just that. Part of that pressure is being
exerted right now by even considering the possibility of a conference on
a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East."
'ME may become nuke-free zone'
Bolton also expressed his disapproval, yet not surprise, at
the fact that the UN hosted Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference on Monday.
is nothing exceptional for the UN, this is the way the UN is day in and
day out," Bolton told the radio station. "This is not some isolated problem we
could fix with the UN by banning the likes of Ahmadinejad,
this is the way the organization works."
Bolton also expressed his general
with the UN and its operations."I think
there ought to be a much broader debate worldwide of the ineffectiveness
of the United Nations. If you look at the performance of the UN in
dealing with the great threats to international peace and security
during its history, the Security Council has been utterly ineffective in
dealing with those great threats," Bolton underlined.
"Some people have recommended alternatives like a league of
democracies," the former UN
ambassador added. "My
recommendation is that the US makes all its contributions to the United
Nations system entirely voluntary."