News and Commentary

Trump To Kim Jong Un: Make A Deal Or I’ll Qaddafi You

   DailyWire.com

Donald Trump is warning North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un that he better follow through on his pledge to get rid of his weapons of mass destruction or he will suffer the same fate as the Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

Trump said at the White House on Thursday that Kim should “make a deal” when asked about a recent suggestion by his national security adviser John Bolton that his administration may employ the “Libyan model” to deal with Kim.

“The model, if you look at that model with Gaddafi, that was a total decimation. We went in there to beat him. Now that model would take place if we don’t make a deal, most likely. But if we make a deal, I think Kim Jong-un is going to be very, very happy,” Trump said.

“This with Kim Jong-un would be something where he would be there. He would be running his country. His country would be very rich,” the president said. “We’re willing to do a lot, and he’s willing … to do a lot also, and I think we’ll actually have a good relationship, assuming we have the meeting and assuming something comes of it. And he’ll get protections that will be very strong.”

But Bolton, when referring to the Libyan model, means a deal in 2003, during the George W. Bush administration when Libyan strongman Qaddafi agreed to give up his chemical weapons and abandon his nuclear weapons program. The WMD’s were shipped to Russia and his uranium centrifuges for making nuclear weapons were sent to the U.S.

In 2011, then-president Barack Obama joined a NATO intervention in Libya to support a revolt there and Qaddafi was murdered by rebels. Trump, in his comments, was apparently referring to that set of events as the “Libyan model.”

Bolton has created ripples of unhappiness in North Korea. The war hawk said this week that any deal with North Korea must include the rogue nation being forced to dismantle its nuclear weapons and shipping them to the U.S.

“The implementation of the decision means getting rid of all the nuclear weapons, dismantling them, taking them to Oakridge, Tennessee. It means getting rid of the uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing capabilities,” Bolton said Sunday on a political talk show.

Bolton said, “That’s what denuclearization means. We have very much in mind the Libya model from 2003, 2004. There are obviously differences. The Libyan program was much smaller, but that was basically the agreement that we made.”

But North Korea has been wary of following the Libya path, saying the deal to give up its weapons is what led to Qaddafi’s brutal murder, in which his dead body was paraded through the streets of Tripoli.

Kim Kye-gwan, North Korea’s first deputy minister of foreign affairs, said on Wednesday that any deal “is not an expression of intention to address the issue through dialogue. It is essentially a manifestation of awfully sinister move to impose on our dignified state the destiny of Libya or Iraq which had been collapsed due to yielding the whole of their countries to big powers.”

Trump is set to meet with Kim on June 12 in Singapore. “I think that we’ll probably have a very successful meeting. My attitude is whatever happens happens,” Trump said. “Deals, that’s what I do, deals. … He absolutely wanted to do it.”

The Daily Wire   >  Read   >  Trump To Kim Jong Un: Make A Deal Or I’ll Qaddafi You