Darren Hunt| UPDATED: 11:01, Sat, Jan 6, 2018
NORTH KOREA will sell its technology to “aspiring nuclear powers” if the United States do not act quickly, a defence expert said today.
Former U.S. Ambassador issues North Korea nuclear WARNING
North Korea would not hesitate to pass its nuclear technology to paying customers John Bolton former US ambassador to the United Nations claimed, sparking huge World War 3 fears.
The warning comes as President Donald Trump has tried to increase pressure on the rogue state which has refused to shut down its nuclear development programme.
Mr Bolton warned that if the United States did not act, there could soon be more countries with nuclear capabilities.
He said: “The President was right in the September speech to the UN General Assembly when he said that denuclearisation is the only way forward.
“The north is never going to give up its nuclear weapons voluntarily, we’ve seen that over 25 years.
“I think the President has tried to put pressure on China, they have not responded, so we are getting down to some pretty unattractive options.
“But I think it is important that the President makes the case that a North Korea with nuclear weapons is a threat to the United States, Japan, others in the region and a threat globally because they will sell any of this technology to other aspiring nuclear powers for hard currency.”
Mr Bolton also told Fox Business that the United States was “running out of time” in putting a stop to Kim Jong-un as the regime develops its weapons.
Chang warns Asian nations could side with North Korea in war
But the former US ambassador to the United Nations did argue that President Donald Trump had the rogue dictator “nervous” as pressure mounts up.
The warning comes as East Asia expert and author of ‘Nuclear Showdown’, Gordon Chang, said that three nations could be ready to join Kim Jong-un in a war against the US.
He said: “If we strike North Korea first, you can see China cause trouble in the South China Sea. You can see Russia go after the Baltics. The Iranians will do something.
“We could see Asia being embroiled on both sides. It’s close to a world war. This thing could spread very fast and that’s the real danger here.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reopened a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea for the first time in nearly two years Wednesday as the rivals explored the possibility of sitting down and talking after months of acrimony and fears of war
“This can spread to the US homeland because the Chinese and the Russians could actually get into a nuclear exchange with the United States. I’m not saying it’s going to happen but I’m saying that’s a possibility.”
The United Nations placed harsh sanctions on North Korea after its missile testing. The resolution seeks to ban nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum product exports to North Korea.
But fears have been raised that China has not been complying with the sanctions. China is considered to be Pyongyang’s only formal ally in the region due to a long-established mutual support treaty which is up for renewal in 2021.
The North Korea foreign ministry responded to the UN sanctions and branded them an “act of war”.