John Bolton’s tell-all memoir is dismissive of South Korean President Moon Jae-in for seeking to coax President Trump into a denuclearization agreement with North. The fact that South Korea had an independent position toward its nuclear-armed neighbor annoyed Bolton, who expected South Korean deference.
But President Moon, elected a platform of reconciliation with North Korea, actually sought to deliver what most Korean voters want: a formal end to the Korean war and denuclearization of the peninsula.
Now Moon is returning Bolton’s disfavor by trashing the book.
Chung Eui-yong, national security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, accused Bolton of “being inaccurate” in his memoir and “distorting the reality.” “Unilaterally revealing discussions made based on mutual trust among states violates the fundamental principles of diplomacy and could undermine future negotiations,” Chung said in a statement via a presidential spokesman. Chung did not specify which parts of Bolton’s memoir he claimed were inaccurate or distorted.