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Trump tells North Korea that denuclearization will preserve its security

18 Mai 2018

President Trump with his new national security advisor, John Bolton, at the White House last month.

Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi gave up his nuclear programme only for him to be killed by Western-backed rebels a few years later.

Trump also implied that China's President Xi Jinping may be trying to influence the North Koreans to take a harder line with the USA, perhaps in response to US pressure on trade.

For now, the summit between Trump and Kim is set for June 12 in Singapore.

One underlying problem, as foreign policy experts have previously told Salon, is that Trump already made a major diplomatic concession to Kim Jong-un by agreeing to meet with him, something no previous USA president has ever done.

"If you look at that model with Kadhafi, that was a total decimation. They're hard-working, incredible people".

April 18: Trump confirms that Mike Pompeo, then the Central Intelligence Agency chief, had met secretly with Kim in North Korea and said "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit. We have not been told anything.

"I think what the North Koreans did - and it's pretty smart - they decided not to keep negotiating".

"We can not let that country have nukes", he said of North Korea.

Later the South Korea's unification ministry called for economic inter-Korean cooperation when the necessary circumstances are created. It criticized its southern rival over the ongoing US-South Korean military exercises, calling the government in Seoul "ignorant and incompetent".

The statement did not identify the "human scum" by name, but 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 his publication of his memoir.

With its latest announcement, North Korea "has again shot itself in the foot, this time on the cusp of a historic meeting with the US president which could have ended the Korean War and eased its diplomatic isolation", senior research fellow Bruce Klinger of the Heritage Foundation said today at a forum at the Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul. She added the annual exercises are long-planned, defensive in nature and meant to ensure the readiness of USA and South Korean forces.

What has Libya got to do with this?

Foreign policy experts have suggested that North Korea's announcement that the proposed summit was in jeopardy was partly in response to renowned foreign policy hawk Mr Bolton's comments in an interview with CBS on Sunday.

"We do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him", said Wednesday's statement, which was written by Vice-Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan. "After that, the North Koreans released the three Americans, so it's unlikely that Bolton was the motivating factor", Chang said.

Trump said: "We cannot let [North Korea] have nukes, we just can't do it".

Scores of missiles tests were carried out, and North Korea detonated its first ever hydrogen bomb last September.

But in 2011 the authoritarian leader was toppled by rebels and militiamen backed by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

At the summit between the leaders of North and South Korea on 27 April both sides agreed to work to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.

The Asahi also reported that if Pyongyang agrees to complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation at the planned Singapore summit, Washington was considering giving guarantees for Kim's regime.

North Korea's "increasingly sophisticated cyber warfare capabilities" are "capable of damaging and disruptive cyberattacks", the report said, according to Bloomberg News.

Trump tells North Korea that denuclearization will preserve its security