Trump reassures Kim he will not face same fate as Gadafy
May 18, 2018, 13:50
In a statement on Wednesday that threatened withdrawal from the summit, North Korea's first vice minister of foreign affairs, Kim Kye Gwan, derided as "absurd" Bolton's suggestion of a deal similar to that under which components of Libya's nuclear program were shipped to the United States.
However, he warned, the Libyan model "would take place if we don't make a deal, most likely".
"If you remember two weeks ago, all of a sudden - out of nowhere - Kim Jong-un went to China to say hello again - second time - to President Xi", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
In an apparent reference to NATO's subsequent intervention in Libya in 2011, which ended in Mr Gaddafi being deposed and executed by his own people, Mr Trump said: "We decimated that country". The comments clearly suggested that the USA would be willing to promise the hermit kingdom both of those conditions in exchange for denuclearization, and were an echo of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's previous comments that the US would be willing to help North Korea redevelop economically.
"I think we have a good relationship, on the basis that there will be a meeting", said trump.
South Korea's presidential Blue House said it would seek to bridge the gap between Washington and Pyongyang. She added the annual exercises are long-planned, defensive in nature and meant to ensure the readiness of US and South Korean forces.
How does North Korea see it?
Not surprisingly, North Korea bristles at the mention of Libya. She says the annual exercises are long-planned, are defensive in nature and are meant to ensure the readiness of US and South Korean forces. "That's much closer in time to North Korea's statement", he said, "and it also corresponds with something that North Korea said in that statement ... is about compensation for giving up their most destructive weapons".
May 16: North Korea protests an ongoing U.S. "It is essentially a manifestation of awfully sinister move to impose on our dignified state the destiny of Libya or Iraq which had been collapsed due to yielding the whole of their countries to big powers", the statement from North Korea reads. Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, attends, making her the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War.
"The model, if you look at that model with Gadhafi, that was a total decimation", Trump said.
Last week, Trump had said he and Kim would try to make the summit a "very special moment for world peace".
He joked about attacking North Korea should the talks fail.
"Seeing the announced statements and responses from North Korea and the United States, we see the two parties as having a honest and serious attitude (to stand in each other's shoes)". "There was no deal to keep Gaddafi".
The United States will be hard-pressed to win worldwide support for striking North Korea's nuclear program while Kim is slowly dismantling it himself.
As Mr Bolton looked on, the United States president said: "The Libyan model isn't a model that we have at all when we're thinking of North Korea". "With deals. you have to have two parties that want to do it", Trump said.
"The reality is this could mean a lot of things ranging from 1) nothing, to 2) DPRK [North Korea's] domestic politics to 3) a warning shot about all the United States maximum pressure talk to 4) a real change in DPRK intentions", tweeted Vipin Narang, an MIT professor who specializes in nuclear strategy.
Referring to Kim, Trump added, "Assuming we have the meeting, and assuming something comes of it. he'll get protections that will be very strong".
South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told MPs on Thursday there was a gap between North Korea and the USA on "how to pull off denuclearisation", according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.
The Trump-Kim meeting is scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.
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