It was reported on Monday that the U.N. Security Council agreed to implement the "toughest" sanctions on North Korea yet after Kim Jong-un's regime had carried out more ballistic missile tests in recent weeks. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, had previously expressed reluctance to enforce more sanctions saying that more sanctions would likely not work.

Hardliner Bolton demands Military options over sanctions

In fact, it's the consensus view that sanctions are no longer effective. It was recently reported that President Trump was looking to withdraw the U.S. from its Free Trade Agreement with South Korea, perhaps a negotiating tactic for Seoul not doing enough to control the North.

But President Trump has also criticized China, with talks of sanctions against them as well. U.S. Congress already had the President sign a sanctions bill which targeted North Korea's other neighbor, Russia, as well as the Kim Jong-un's regime and Iran.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN under the last Bush administration, John Bolton, was on Fox & Friends on September 4 where he also said that sanctions would no longer work. Bolton has been very supportive of President Trump's aggressive policies and is what many consider a neo-conservative, similar to the likes of Newt Gingrich and former vice-president to Bush, Dick Cheney.

Bolton has also sided with Breitbart's alt-right views in opposition to the "deep state" and echoed the alt-right's criticism against other administrations during the interview, saying that if the Trump administration followed the same policies as former presidents, they would fail.

Bolton was on Fox News this week after Haley's statement from the UN Security Council.

Endless cycle of sanctions and North Korean tests, continues

Last month during an interview with a Liberal online magazine the American Prospect, Trump's former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said that the U.S. had essentially failed in its hardline against North Korea.

Beyond sanctions, Bolton has suggested taking out the North Korea leadership or that the U.S. take overall strategic military action.

But Bolton also confirmed what many experts have concluded that if China hardened sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), that their concerns would be of the instability it would bring to their neighbor, causing refugees to flood into their country.

But it was also reported that the sanctions against the DPRK had been "watered-down" before they were put up for a vote, where they do not go after Kim Jong-un's assets or oil exports. This would further confirm that new sanctions enforcement won't work any more than previous attempts. But they were reportedly "watered-down" in order to prevent China and Russia from vetoing the bill.

Nonetheless, the regime responded to the U.S. sanctions saying that they would retaliate against the U.S. for moving forward with the vote. It was reported that on Friday, the DPRK fired yet another intermediate-range missile over Japan regardless of the sanctions. Here is one report by ABC News that sums of this week's view.