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Former UN ambassador highlights security threats during address at Brevard

Pointing a finger directly and indirectly at President Obama's foreign policy failings, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton outlined several national security threats needing closer scrutiny during a speech at Brevard College Tuesday.

Speaking before several hundred people at the college's Porter Center, Bolton identified Russia, China, North Korea and Iran as the biggest threats to America's national security interests.

The latter two are more imminent threats, he said, while Russia and China pose a more long-term threat if ignored.

"Particularly at an election time when everybody concentrates on the issues that we, the citizens, have to resolve at the ballot box, I do think it's important to be aware of some of the aspects of the international environment that perhaps we have not focused on in the last four years," said Bolton, who currently serves as a fellow for the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank and as a contributor to FOX News.

The Cold War may be over, Bolton said, but threats to U.S. national security are not when it comes to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Bolton said the recently re-elected president's agenda is not to recreate the former Soviet Union per se, but to have "Russian authority recognized across that vast territory" known for its rich oil and mineral deposits.

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