Trump eyes security assurances for Kim Jong Un under nuclear deal

Trump eyes security assurances for Kim Jong Un under nuclear deal

Trump on Thursday was responding to a suggestion made by his National Security Adviser John Bolton a few days back, and said: "The Libyan model is not a model that we have at all, when we're thinking of North Korea". Pyongyang has blamed the Libya deal for Gaddafi's eventual downfall. We decimated that country.

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday said North Korea would get "very strong" protections if it were to give up its nuclear weapons.

The North has argued that it needs its nuclear weapons to preserve its security, and has expressed concerns about giving up its nuclear program.

Mr Trump also referenced recent reports that there may have been a source within the Trump campaign helping the FBI with their investigation into Russian interference in the election.

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.

Trump will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a summit at the White House on Tuesday, and the two are expected to discuss the upcoming US-North Korea summit.

"That having been said, my perception is that he is feeling that he has gotten a lot of recognition from the United States", Arend continued. But Trump said that as far as he knew, the meeting with Kim was still on track.

This was Trump in classic, unfiltered form.

Though North Korea has been for the most part silent about its intentions for the meeting, the announcements underscore two of its biggest concerns - the future of the almost 30,000 USA troops in South Korea and claims coming out of Washington lately that sanctions and Trump's "maximum pressure" policy are what drove Kim to the negotiating table.

Yet, thanks to Trump's threats and refusal to accept a "frozen conflict" on the Korean peninsula, the makings of a real deal are present, if Trump does not make the flawless the enemy of the good.

First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan rebuked Bolton for advocating "the Libya model of 2003-2004" that precludes any concessions such as sanctions relief before full denuclearization.

That history is well understood by Kim's regime.

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North Korea threw next month's summit between Kim and Trump into doubt on Wednesday, threatening weeks of diplomatic progress by saying it may reconsider if Washington insists it unilaterally gives up its nuclear weapons. "It was incredibly reckless and risky".

Xi Wednesday hosted a meeting with its leader Pak Thae Song, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, the North's ruling party.

Bolton, who served in the State Department and as United Nations ambassador in the Bush administration, replaced Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster in April.

"On this opportunity, the present south Korean authorities have been clearly proven to be an ignorant and incompetent group devoid of the elementary sense of the present situation", said a written statement from Chairman Ri Son Gwon. -South Korean air force drills with a fleet of bombers, an exercise North Korea called "a provocation".

As for Bolton, he along with other White House officials believe that the summit will still proceed, despite threats from North Korea.

April 21: North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site as part of a shift in its national focus to improving the economy.

Gaddafi had given up atomic weapons and was later killed in a US-backed uprising. But he said Bolton was "trying to lay down some markers for verifiable denuclearisation".

Hours earlier, South Korea said it was pushing to reset the high-level talks with North Korea and planning to communicate closely with the U.S. and North Korea to increase the chances of a successful summit between Trump and Kim on resolving the nuclear standoff.

Pyongyang has said it won't return to talks with Seoul due to the exercises.

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

Chinese President Xi Jinping has met Kim twice over the last two months, as Beijing warms to its Cold War-era ally following a chill in relations.

Trump was set to meet with the head of a Chinese government delegation that is in Washington to negotiate with the administration over trade issues. "We're just reading stories like you are".

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