Trump Warns Kim: Make A Deal or Suffer Same Fate as Gaddafi!
US President Donald Trump threatened the North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un with the same fate as Libya's former dictator Muammar Gaddafi if he "doesn't make a deal" on his nuclear weapons program.
Trump 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 program, which included allowing his uranium centrifuges to be shipped out to the US.
Trump, however, 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.
"This with Kim Jong-un would be something where he would be there. He would be running his country. His country would be very rich," Trump said.
"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. And he'll get protections that will be very strong."
Asked whether his comments meant that he disagreed with his national security adviser, Trump said: "I think when John Bolton made that statement, he was talking about if we are going to be having a problem, because we cannot let that country have nukes. We just can't do it."
Pyongyang, for its part, complained about joint military exercises being conducted by US and South Korean forces. The regime's mission to the United Nations issued a statement on Thursday saying that nuclear-capable B-52 bombers and F-22 fighter planes were taking part in the exercises. He described it as "an extremely provocative and ill-boding act".
However, Trump said that despite Pyongyang's threats to call off the summit, "they've been negotiating like nothing happened".
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