Saturday, January 08, 2005

Undersecretary of State John Bolton is leaving State

Undersecretary of State John Bolton is leaving State "Reuters Jan 6, 2005

Hard-line State Dept. Official To Quit - Sources
Reuters Jan 6, 2005 — By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Undersecretary of State John Bolton, a leading hard-liner on nuclear nonproliferation who has raised hackles among America's allies as well as its adversaries, is expected to quit the Bush administration, sources said on Thursday.

His departure may signal a shift in U.S. diplomacy to a less confrontational approach as President Bush begins a second term in which he has pledged to reach out to allies estranged by the Iraq War and other policies.

Bolton, an outspoken and controversial policymaker, often provoked strong negative reactions from European allies and was identified more with the sticks than the carrots of U.S. diplomacy when dealing with countries like North Korea and Iran."


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