Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump reassures Kim he will not face same fate as Gadafy

Trump reassures Kim he will not face same fate as Gadafy

A cloud of uncertainty continues to hover over Trump's meeting with Kim in Singapore as North Korea on Tuesday abruptly threatened to pull out of the planned June 12 summit, blaming U.S. demands for "unilateral nuclear abandonment".

He said he was not pursuing the "Libya model" in getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. It does mean a review and reassessment of all the guarantees we have issued to go to war on behalf of other countries, and the eventual transfer of responsibility for the defense of our friends over to our friends. It also underscored South Korea's delicate role as an intermediary between the USA and North Korea and raised questions over Seoul's claim that Kim has a genuine interest in dealing away his nukes.

The North Korean statements on Wednesday marked a dramatic reversal in tone from recent months and took US officials off guard after months of easing tensions.

"Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI "SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN EMBEDDED INFORMANT.' Andrew McCarthy says, 'There's probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign", Mr Trump tweeted, referring to a former federal prosecutor who made the claims on morning chatshow Fox and Friends.

But on May 16, North Korea announced that it will indefinitely postpone high-level talks with South Korea and "reconsider" plans for the June 12 meeting between Kim and Trump in Singapore.

With North Korea blasting Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton and his "Libya model" statements, the White House press secretary had this to say.

"And if it does that's fine and if it doesn't I think we'll probably have a very successful meeting".

A negotiated settlement with Kim would be "a much different deal", Trump said. "We'll have to see", Trump said.

The United States has demanded the "complete, verifiable, and irreversible" dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. "That model would take place if we don't make a deal", he said, adding: "We cannot let that country have nukes, we just can't do it".

A senior Cheong Wa Dae official told reporters on Friday that the presidential office can only "wait and see" in regard to Ri's strong warnings against the South.

President Donald Trump in Singapore if the United States continued to demand it unilaterally abandon its nuclear arsenal, which it has developed in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions to counter perceived U.S. hostility.

The comments came a day after North Korea canceled a high-level meeting with the South because of the drills.

Trump appeared to soften his stance towards the North Korean leaders as he sounded hopeful of the meeting and sought to dismiss negative reports regarding the fate of the summit.

"It could very well be that he's (Chinese President Xi Jinping) influencing Kim Jong Un". "If it doesn't, we'll go on to the next step". Yet this month he urged North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons in a proposal that reminds it of the Libyan deal.

A top Kim aide blasted Bolton this week, blaming the Libya deal for Gaddafi's eventual downfall in an internationally backed popular uprising in 2011.

The president said preparations for the meeting are moving ahead "as if nothing happened", adding the USA has not heard official word from the North Koreans about any intention to pull out. Getting relief from sanctions, getting money from South Korea ... there's a whole laundry list of things that they want.

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