John Bolton has been an active presence on television and on Twitter. (Reuters: Joshua Roberts)
John Bolton, who has been named by US President Donald Trump as his new national security adviser, has a history of taking hardline positions on foreign policy.
The former UN ambassador will take over from HR McMaster on April 9, with Mr Trump having made the announcement in a tweet.
Mr Bolton has been an active presence on television and on Twitter, and his recent tweets provide some insight on what he will bring to the White House.
Take a look at some of the things he has said on key issues.
“It’s important to stand behind our South Korean allies, but if we pay heed to the lessons of history, talking to #NorthKorea would be fruitless.”
“We have a very limited amount of time left before #NorthKorea gains deliverable nuclear weapons. We’ve got to look at the very unattractive choice of using military force to deny them that capability.”
John Bolton’s tweet: Those content with living with a nuclear #NorthKorea have argued that it can be contained and deterred like the Soviet Union during the Cold War. This assessment is deeply flawed.
“UN Security Council weapons inspectors have uncovered evidence that #NorthKorea is trafficking in weapons of mass destruction technology. This info should be a pivot point for the US & Europe.”
“UN inspectors have reported that #NorthKorea is selling #Syria elements for the manufacture of chemical weapons. Once #NorthKorea gains nuclear capability, you can expect the nuclear supermarket to open in #Pyongyang. They’ll sell the technology to anyone willing to pay.”
“The 2 Korean teams have marched together in 3 prior #Olympic games. It is all a propaganda stunt to distract from the fact that there will be no change in #NorthKorea’s nuclear weapons program.”
“There needs to be a strategic response to Russia’s new nuclear missiles to show our allies in Europe that we will not let #Russia push the US or its allies around.”
“The US must strengthen its allies in Central and Eastern Europe through #NATO and ensure that there are effective countermeasures to the cyber war that Russia is engaging.”
“Washington and its allies do not need more #Russian adventurism in #MiddleEast, especially given the Moscow-Tehran-Damascus-Hezbollah axis.”
“The recent Russian presidential election was a chance for #Putin to practice election meddling on his own elections so he can do it better elsewhere. We need a long term strategy to deal with countries like #Russia and #China with long standing rulers.”
“The #Irannucleardeal was a strategic mistake in 2015. This deal needs to be abrogated and America must craft a new reality that reflects the actions of the Iranian regime.”
“If the Iranian opposition is prepared to take outside support, the US should provide it to them.”
“The linkages between #Iran’s ballistic missile programs and #NorthKorea’s are indisputable and there’s every reason to believe that they’re working closely on the nuclear side as well.”
The premise of Obama’s #IranDeal was that if only the United States showed “good faith” and dropped our “harmful intent” toward Iran, they would give up their nuclear program and behave like a normal nation. None of this has happened.
Despite Mr Bolton’s hawkish stance on North Korea and his advocation for scrapping the Iran nuclear deal, it remains to be seen what his new appointment will mean for the White House.
In an interview with Fox News, he said the personal views he had expressed in the past were “behind me now”.