Published: Fri, May 18, 2018

Libya Is Not US Model for North Korea

Libya Is Not US Model for North Korea

Pyongyang has been angered by continuing US-South Korea joint military exercises which it sees as a rehearsal for invasion. We'll see what happens.

With over a month left before the proposed meeting and the US/NK relationship already taking a frosty turn since last week's hostage release, there's a significant possibility the meeting doesn't happen as planned, or at all in 2018.

McMaster was an early Trump supporter in the 2016 presidential campaign, formally backing him ahead of South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary.

Trump said he was not pursuing the "Libya model" in getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

The prospects of denuclearization talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un began to fade this week. And Bolton sitting beside Trump, and across the table from Kim Jong Un in Shanghai, may be inhibiting.

Xi told Pak that China supports Kim's leadership and backs dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, the official Xinhua news agency said. Yet when Trump first said he would meet Kim, he emphasized that he would not go if he thought it was going to be a waste of his time.

"We're still hopeful that the meeting will take place and we'll continue down that path but at the same time we've been prepared that these could be tough negotiations", Sanders said in an interview with Fox News.

The President's prolonged discourse on North Korea in an Oval Office photo-op Thursday indicated just how much he has invested in the summit - which Pyongyang threatened to blow up on Wednesday over US-South Korean military exercises and American demands for an irreversible decommissioning of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

"We are dealing with them now".

"We want to do whatever we can to make the meeting a success", Bolton told Fox News Radio.

"The border is still quite strong", he said, as he tended to blame the Chinese for the sudden change in the North Korean stance.

North Korea's statement Wednesday did not directly criticize Trump, or Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has made two trips to the North to lay the groundwork for the summit.

"With that being said, my attitude is whatever happens happens".

Trump still plans to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next week, as part of preparations for the Kim summit.

"And if it does that's fine and if it doesn't I think we'll probably have a very successful meeting". Trump got involved and in months turned it into a wildly popular tourist attraction.

"(The) world knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq which have met miserable fate", he said in apparent reference to the demises of Gaddafi and Iraq's former president Saddam Hussein. That country was decimated. There was no deal to keep Gadhafi.

"The Libyan model isn't the model we have at all".

"We went in there (Libya) to beat him (Gadhafi)".

Yet, within the same statement, Trump also issued a veil threat at Kim Jong Un that he would meet a similar fate as Gaddafi if the U.S. and North Korea don't reach a deal on denuclearization.

But Trump warned that failure to make a deal could have grave consequences for Kim.

Media captionKim Jong-un and Donald Trump: From enemies to frenemies? He'd be in his country. He'd be running his country. "His country would be very rich", he said. The mood in South Korea has changed significantly, making the threat of military action less credible.

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