Trump Administration Sends a Dark, Threatening Message to Kim Jong Un

By Alex Lockie

  • The US national security adviser, John Bolton, said he favored a "Libya model" when dealing with North Korea.
  • The former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gave up his weapons of mass destruction but fell from power when the US and others backed an uprising against him, eventually meeting a violent death in 2011.
  • At the time, North Korea said Gaddafi's fate showed why Pyongyang should keep its weapons.
  • Bolton could have picked other analogies to talk about denuclearizing North Korea, but knowing the implications, he seems to have selected Libya on purpose.

April 30, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -  President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, has said that the US will use Libya as a model for North Korean denuclearization but it may have been a dark, even threatening message to North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.

Kim has displayed an about-face since he and Trump traded nuclear threats across the Pacific last year, now appearing to pursue peace and diplomacy broadly and willingly though there has been little follow-through on several promises from the North Korean leader.

So far, Kim has agreed to denuclearize and seek a peace treaty with South Korea, but he has not taken verifiable steps toward disarming. Though North Korea announced it would invite the US and South Korea to watch the dismantling of its nuclear test site, it has taken similar steps before only to back out of deals later.

Other steps Kim has taken, like scrapping North Korea's special time zone, have been unilateral and unsubstantial but enough to warrant news coverage.


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Bolton, a noted North Korea hawk who has vocally pushed for war with the country, made an unsavory comparison in an interview with CBS's "Face the Nation" that Kim is sure to have picked up on.

Of plans to denuclearize North Korea, Bolton said, "I think we're looking at the Libya model of 2003, 2004."

Bolton added: "In the case of Libya, for example, and it's a different situation in some respects ... One thing that Libya did that led us to overcome our skepticism was that they allowed American and British observers into all their nuclear-related sites."

Shortly after the US invaded Iraq and deposed Saddam Hussein, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi agreed to have international inspectors visit his country to certify that his nuclear and chemical weapons programs had halted.

This article was originally published by "Business Insider" -  


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