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Trump issues threat to Kim

18 May, 2018, 13:48 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • A U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet lands as South Korea and the United States conduct the Max Thunder joint military exercise at an air base in Gwangju South Korea Wednesday

Bolton's statements, and past references to the Libyan model of denuclearization, have indicated to the Koreans that the USA is not actually willing to negotiate, that the Trump administration has a hard-line about what it requires from North Korea which leaves little room for flexibility.

In addition to threatening to pull out of the meeting with Mr Trump, the North abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with South Korean officials over joint US-South Korean military exercises.

May 9: Pompeo, now US secretary of state, makes an unannounced one-day trip to Pyongyang to prepare for the planned Trump-Kim summit.

That decision came with a warning to the U.S.to "think twice" about the fate of the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore on June 12.

A collapse in talks between Kim and the United States and Kim and South Korea would raise the possibility that he and his Chinese patrons could face an East Asia Cold War where South Korea and Japan also have acquired nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.

But Trump implied that he was not considering such an approach - which in any event would be far more complicated given the advanced state of Kim's nuclear arsenal.

"The Libyan model was a much different model".

Trump, recounting on Thursday repeatedly that Libya was "decimated", appeared to be referring to the 2011 NATO-led coalition intervention in Libya. And Bolton sitting beside Trump, and across the table from Kim Jong Un in Shanghai, may be inhibiting. He'd be in his country.

"He'd be in his country and running his country".

North Korea says it will not resume talks with the South until issues between the two countries are resolved.




In addition, Trump himself has contradicted Bolton's remarks regarding Libya, which may help placate North Korea's concerns.

Thursday's criticism of South Korea marks yet another shift in tone from Pyongyang just weeks before the planned U.S. summit, the BBC's Laura Bicker in Seoul says. "So I see him testing the waters and pushing the United States". "We're going to say that he will have very adequate protection". "We're going to give you all these things.' We went in and decimated him", Trump said.

Mr Trump has yet to be interviewed, though it is understood that Mr Mueller's team has spoken to the president's lawyers about a possible interview and the scope of any testimony that might take place.

North Korea's chief negotiator called the South Korean government "ignorant and incompetent" on Thursday, denounced U.S.

The US president also suggested China was influencing North Korea's thinking regarding the summit, pointing to Kim's visit to China immediately before secretary of state Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang last week to finalise the summit date and location. The United States and its allies have paused their efforts to increase sanctions on North Korea to give diplomacy a chance to work.

But that now looks less likely following North Korea's statement.

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.

US and North Korean officials are expected to discuss how much of the stockpile can be taken out of North Korea within the six-month timetable during working-level talks prior to the summit.

Bolton conferred Wednesday morning with his South Korean counterpart, who offered little clarity on North Korea's intentions. Trump acknowledged on Wednesday it was unclear if the summit would go ahead.

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