WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump laid out a stark choice for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un ahead of their planned summit next month: Abandon nuclear weapons and be rewarded with “protections,” or risk being overthrown and possible death if the arsenal remains, Fox News reports.
Trump maintained the scheduled June 12 meeting in Singapore is on track, despite the North’s threat Wednesday to cancel over concerns about the U.S. push to see the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
“Failure to make a deal could have grave consequences. The Libyan model isn’t the model we have at all. In Libya we decimated that country.There was no deal to keep Gadhafi. I’m Willing to do a lot to provide security guarantees to Kim. The best thing he could do is make a deal.”
It was North Korea that brought up Libya and the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. North Korea stated they need their nuclear program to ensure security against those who would want to overthrow Kim Jong Un’s Regime.
North Korea also canceled a high-level summit with South Korea and is threatening to cancel its meeting with the United States over American military drills with South Korea.
“This exercise targeting us, which is being carried out across South Korea, is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula,” KCNA said, according to Yonhap News. “The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities.” RWT Intel report
The U.S. intends to maintain military pressure on North Korea to ensure America engages the Kim Jong-un regime from a “position of strength” to achieve significant steps towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, a top Pentagon official indicated on Tuesday. RWT News
President Trump also called out China for influencing North Korea’s thinking regarding the summit meeting, pointing to Kim’s visit to China immediately before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang last week to finalize the summit date and location.
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