US doesn’t want Kim to end like Gaddaf i

Irish Daily Mail - - One Day To Go ... - By Steve Holland news@dai­ly­

DON­ALD Trump sought yes­ter­day to pla­cate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un af­ter Py­ongyang threat­ened to scrap an un­prece­dented sum­mit.

The US pres­i­dent said Mr Kim’s per­sonal se­cu­rity would be guar­an­teed in any deal and his coun­try would not suf­fer the fate of Muam­mar Gaddafi’s Libya.

But he said of North Korea: ‘We can­not let that coun­try have nukes. We just can’t do it.’

North Korea has been work­ing on mis­siles ca­pa­ble of hit­ting the United States.

He said the deal he was look­ing at would give Mr Kim ‘pro­tec­tions that will be very strong’. Mr Trump said: ‘He would be there, he would be run­ning his coun­try, his coun­try would be very rich. The Libya model was a much dif­fer­ent model. We dec­i­mated that coun­try.’

The US pres­i­dent said he was not pur­su­ing the so-called ‘Libya model’ to per­suade North Korea to aban­don its nu­clear weapons pro­gramme. Gaddafi was de­posed and killed af­ter Libyans joined the 2011 Arab Spring protests, aided by Nato al­lies who had en­cour­aged him to give up his banned weapons of mass de­struc­tion un­der a 2003 deal.

An­a­lysts have sug­gested Py­ongyang will have bris­tled at the no­tion North Korea could suf­fer the same fate if it makes con­ces­sions on its nu­clear pro­gramme.

Mr Trump said the Libya model would only come into play if a

‘His coun­try would be very rich’

deal could not be reached with North Korea, but he did not elab­o­rate.

He also said that as far as he knew the meet­ing with Mr Kim was still on track, but that the North Korean leader was pos­si­bly be­ing in­flu­enced by China af­ter two re­cent vis­its there.

Mr Trump dis­tanced him­self from com­ments by his na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser John Bolton that North Korea cited when cast­ing doubt on the June 12 sum­mit. Mr Bolton had sug­gested the Libya model in com­ments on Sun­day, prompt­ing North Korea to threaten to can­cel.

Mr Trump said: ‘North Korea is ac­tu­ally talk­ing to us about times and ev­ery­thing else as though noth­ing hap­pened.’

North Korea, which has abruptly changed tone af­ter weeks of warm­ing to­ward South Korea and prepa­ra­tions for the US sum­mit, said on Wed­nes­day the meet­ing with Mr Trump might not take place if the US con­tin­ues to de­mand it uni­lat­er­ally aban­don its nu­clear arse­nal

The US wants the ‘com­plete, ver­i­fi­able, and ir­re­versible’ dis­man­tle­ment of North Korea’s nu­clear weapons pro­gramme.

North Korea has given no in­di­ca­tion it is will­ing to go beyond state­ments of broad sup­port for the con­cept of de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion.

It has said in pre­vi­ous, failed talks that it could con­sider giv­ing up its arse­nal if the US re­moved its troops from South Korea and with­drew its nu­clear umbrella of de­ter­rence from South Korea and Ja­pan.

Nu­clear op­tion: Don­ald Trump yes­ter­day

N Korea leader: Kim Jong-un

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