South Korean slams Bolton's book, says he is 'distorting the reality' of several high-level meetings

The South Korean national security advisor is taking issue with Bolton's characterization of nuclear talks between the North, the South and the U.S.

Updated: June 23, 2020 - 9:11am

South Korea's national security advisor, Chung Eui-yong, says former national security adviser John Bolton's book "The Room Where It Happened," is "inaccurate" and that its publication Tuesday sets a "dangerous precedent."

"It does not reflect accurate facts and substantially distorts facts," Chung in a statement.

In the book, Bolton, details conversations leading up to several meetings between the United States, North Korea and South Korea. 

"Unilaterally publishing consultations made based on mutual trust violates the basic principles of diplomacy and could severely damage future negotiations," continued the South Korean adviser, in a comment that mirrored concerns expressed by the White House over the publication of the memoir, which reportedly contains classified information.

Bolton's book reportedly accuses South Korean President Moon Jae-in of exaggerating the benefits of a meeting between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jung-un.

Last week, the book was excoriated in the press during early reviews. Both Democrats and Republicans have been critical of Bolton's decision to publish the memoir yet not testify on Capitol Hill.  

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