By The Guardian. Donald Trump has threatened Kim Jong-un with the same fate as Muammar Gaddafi if the North Korean leader “doesn’t make a deal” on his nuclear weapons programme.
The US president issued the threat at the White House when he was asked about the recent suggestion by his national security adviser, John Bolton, that the “Libyan model” be a template for dealing with North Korea at a summit between Trump and Kim planned for 12 June in Singapore.
The model Bolton was referring to was Gaddafi’s agreement in December 2003 to surrender his embryonic nuclear weapons programme, which included allowing his uranium centrifuges to be shipped out to the US.
But Trump appeared to be unaware of that agreement, and interpreted the “Libyan model” to mean the 2011 Nato intervention in Libya in support of an insurrection, which ultimately led to Gaddafi’s murder at the hands of rebels in Tripoli.
“The model, if you look at that model with Gaddafi, that was a total decimation. We went in there to beat him. Now that model would take place if we don’t make a deal, most likely. But if we make a deal, I think Kim Jong-un is going to be very, very happy,” Trump said, suggesting that the regime’s survival could be assured if Kim agreed to disarm. (Read more from “Trump Issues Warning for Kim Jong Un” HERE)
North Korea Summit: Trump Contradicts Bolton on ‘Libya Model’
By BBC. US President Donald Trump has contradicted his own national security adviser, saying the so-called “Libya model” for denuclearisation is not being pursued with North Korea.
The suggestion by John Bolton angered the North, which threatened to pull out of a summit with Mr Trump next month . . .
On the planned summit, Mr Trump said: “Nothing has changed on North Korea that we know of. We have not been told anything.
“And if it does that’s fine and if it doesn’t I think we’ll probably have a very successful meeting.” (Read more from “North Korea Summit: Trump Contradicts Bolton on ‘Libya Model'” HERE)