Donald Trump threatens Kim Jong Un ahead of summit

Saul Bowman
May 18, 2018

Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton, known for his hard-line stance against North Korea, is pushing for Libya's model, asserting that North Korea should unilaterally abandon all its nuclear weapons.

"This is not about solving problems through dialogue, but is meant to replay the tragedy of Libya on North Korea", Kim Kye-gwan said, adding that Libya "has totally collapsed after handing over its fate to big powers". "In Libya we decimated that country, that country was decimated, there was no deal to keep Gaddafi", he said.

Trump's predecessors, including presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, also maintained North Korea policies that did not call for regime change.

Trump told reporters that if the meeting with Kim happens then "it happens" and if not the United States will go on to the next step.

North Korea is believed to possess at least 12 nuclear weapons, more than 50 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium and hundreds of kilograms of highly enriched uranium, along with other nuclear-related material.

The White House has tried to tamp down concerns that a June summit Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be derailed. Trump said the two cases are very different.

"We're willing to do a lot, and he's willing ... to do a lot also, and I think we'll actually have a good relationship, assuming we have the meeting and assuming something comes of it".

Donald Trump has threatened Kim Jong-un with the same fate as Muammar Gaddafi if he doesn't stick to their deal to end his nuclear weapons programme.

"The Libya model isn't a model we have at all" for North Korea, Trump said Thursday during a meeting at the White House with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He said the Libya model would only come into play "most likely" if a deal could not be reached with North Korea. Speaking last month, Bolton specifically cited the "Libya model of 2003, 2004", referencing the process of verifying complete denuclearization.

In Washington, Trump said Thursday that nothing has changed with respect to North Korea after the warning from Pyongyang. "It was incredibly reckless and risky". "If it doesn't take place that's fine, and if it does take place I think tremendous things can happen".

Bolton, who served in the State Department and as United Nations ambassador in the Bush administration, replaced Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster in April.

The statement did not identify the "human scum" by name, but Mr Thae Yong Ho, a former North Korean diplomat to Britain who defected to the South in 2016, held a press conference on Monday at the South Korean National Assembly for the publication of his memoir. -South Korean military exercises.

The comments came a day after North Korea canceled a high-level meeting with the South because of the drills. But he said Bolton was "trying to lay down some markers for verifiable denuclearisation".

In addition to threatening to pull out of the meeting with Mr Trump, the North abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with South Korean officials over joint US-South Korean military exercises.

Trump suggested Kim's apparent about-face may have been at the behest of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He is in Washington this week for high-level talks to head off a potential trade war. "Either way, we're going to be in great shape", Trump said. "We have not been told anything".

South Korea's government has yet to weigh in on the suspension of talks.

However, he was killed by Western-backed rebels years later - a comparison that appears to have alarmed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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