Trump seeks to placate North Korea's Kim over uncertain summit

US President Donald Trump said he was not pursuing the “Libya model” in getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program

US President Donald Trump said he was not pursuing the “Libya model” in getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program

US President Donald Trump has reassured Kim Jong-un that he would remain in power if he gives up his nuclear weapons programme, but warned the North Korean leader with "decimation" if he refuses to strike a deal with Washington.

But Trump appeared to be unaware of that agreement, and interpreted the "Libyan model" to mean the 2011 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation intervention in Libya in support of an insurrection, which ultimately led to Gaddafi's murder at the hands of rebels in Tripoli.

"He would be there, he would be running his country, his country would be very rich", Trump said.

"North Korea is actually talking to us about times and everything else as though nothing happened", he said.

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Trump also said that the USA had not heard official word from the North Koreans about any intention to pull out. "There was no deal to keep Gaddafi", Trump said. Now that model would take place if we don't make a deal, most likely. "We don't think that we are in a situation that can not be improved", Back Hye-ryun, a spokeswoman at the DP, said.

Nam Gwan-pyo, a deputy director of the presidential National Security Office, told reporters that Moon will make an official visit to the United States at the invitation of Trump to hold a summit with the USA president in Washington on Tuesday (Washington time).

Mr Trump said that as far as he is aware, the meeting with Mr Kim in Singapore was going ahead as planned.

The minor opposition Bareunmirae Party said the North is seeking to take the initiative in negotiations over its nuclear weapons by driving the South into a corner.

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On Wednesday, Bolton brushed aside the North Korean remarks against him and said odds were still in favour of the summit going ahead.

Pyongyang's official criticized Seoul for participation in joint military exercises with the U.S., noting that the South supports Washington's position that comes down to the need to continue to exert maximum pressure over the North until its total denuclearization.

North Korea's chief negotiator with the South called the South Korean government "ignorant and incompetent" on Thursday and threatened to halt all talks with Seoul unless its demands are met. Commenting on the South's proposal to discuss the drills problem, Ri Son-gwon called it "sheer impudence aimed at granting the rehearsal of invasion in North Korea the status of admissible actions".

Some analysts and United States officials believe it may have been testing Trump's willingness to soften the USA demand for complete denuclearisation.

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North Korea's first vice minister of foreign affairs, Kim Kye-gwan, on Wednesday specifically criticised Mr Bolton's Libya comparison.

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