North Korea news: Trump threatens MILITARY ACTION if Kim Jong-un refuses to give up nukes | World | News


Mr Trump sought to distance himself from the comments of National Security Advisor John Bolton advocating the so-called Libya model, which saw former President Muammar Gaddafi give American and British inspectors full access to his country in 2003 and 2004.

However, he did not rule out adopting such an approach if all else failed.

In an apparent reference to NATO’s subsequent intervention in Libya in 2011, which ended in Mr Gaddafi being deposed and executed by his own people, Mr Trump said: “We decimated that country.”

However, he stressed the US would only be compelled to act if a deal cannot be reached with North Korea, adding: “We cannot let that country have nukes.

 “We just can’t do it.”

Foreign policy experts have suggested that North Korea’s announcement that the proposed summit was in jeopardy was partly in response to renowned foreign policy hawk Mr Bolton’s comments in an interview with CBS on Sunday.

However, speaking in the Oval Office during a photocall with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Mr Trump insisted that as far as he knew the meeting with Kim Jong Un was still on track.

He said: “North Korea is actually talking to us about times and everything else as though nothing happened.”

He said the deal he was looking at would protect Kim, adding: “He would be there, he would be running his country, his country would be very rich.” 

Mr Trump told reporters that if the meeting happens then “it happens” and if not the United States will go on to the next thing.

The summit is planned for June 12 in Singapore, following an historic meeting between North Korean leader Kim and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in.

North Korea appears to have significantly softened its stance in recent months, and announcement the closure of its nuclear test site last week.

However, a statement attributed to Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea’s first vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, warned: “If the US is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-US summit.”

Mark Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Americas division of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), yesterday suggested yesterday the US decision to use state-of-the-art B-52 bombers and F-22 stealth fighters in the ongoing Max Thunder military exercises in South Korea may also have ruffled North Korean feathers.

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