Korea pushes for successful Trump-Kim talks

Pauline Gross
May 18, 2018

He said he was not pursuing the "Libya model" in getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

"That model would take place if we don't make a deal", Trump said.

"If the meeting happens, it happens and if it doesn't we go into the next step", Trump said. The comments clearly suggested that the USA would be willing to promise the hermit kingdom both of those conditions in exchange for denuclearization, and were an echo of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's previous comments that the US would be willing to help North Korea redevelop economically.

Meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today Mr Trump told reporters North Korea was "actually talking to us about times and everything else as though nothing happened".

Ankit Panda, adjunct senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, told Salon that North Korea may also have concerns about whether recent American rhetoric and foreign policy actions - particularly Bolton's comments and the South Korean aerial tests - reflected a lack of seriousness about the proposed diplomatic talks.

The current US-South Korean aerial combat drills known as Max Thunder involve almost 100 warplanes carrying out exercises over the Korean peninsula.

However, he added the Libya model would only come into play if a deal could not be reached with North Korea.

Donald Trump distanced himself from comments by his national security adviser John Bolton that North Korea angrily denounced when casting doubt on the summit.

Moreover, while we are running a risk today, an intransigent North Korea that walks out would be running a risk as well. She says the annual exercises are long-planned, are defensive in nature and are meant to ensure the readiness of USA and South Korean forces.

"The Libyan model isn't the model we have at all when we are thinking of North Korea. If it doesn't, we'll continue the maximum pressure campaign that's been ongoing". We decimated that country.

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The statement came after Bolton suggested in several public interviews that North Korea should give up its weapons the way Libya did in 2003.

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

North Korea's "increasingly sophisticated cyber warfare capabilities" are "capable of damaging and disruptive cyberattacks", the report said, according to Bloomberg News.

A statement published by the state-run Korea Central News Agency, said North Korea would never accept economic assistance from the U.S. in exchange for unilaterally abandoning its nuclear programme. "The best thing he could do is make a deal".

Pyongyang suspended inter-Korean talks on Wednesday to protest a two-week-long large-scale US-South Korea air drill which will last until May 25.

In quotes published by the North's official Korean Central News Agency, Ri Son Gwon, chairman of a North Korean agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs, accused South Korea's government of being "an ignorant and incompetent group devoid of the elementary sense of the present situation, of any concrete picture of their dialogue partner and of the ability to discern the present trend of the times".

KCNA, in its English-language service, deliberately uses lower-case "north" and "south" to show that it only recognises one undivided Korea.

The Asahi also reported that if Pyongyang agrees to complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation at the planned Singapore summit, Washington was considering giving guarantees for Kim's regime.

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