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Trump cites 'protections' if Kim denuclearizes

Trump cites 'protections' if Kim denuclearizes

A North Korean official also derided as "absurd" comments by Trump's top security adviser, John Bolton, who referred to Libya as a model for denuclearisation.

Gaddafi was deposed and killed after Libyans joined the 2011 Arab Spring protests, aided by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies who had encouraged him to give up his banned weapons of mass destruction under a 2003 deal. This is what Trump had to say about the matter on Wednesday ahead of his talks with the president of Uzbekistan.

The president, Bolton said, is looking for "a manifestation of the strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons [that] doesn't have to be the same as Libya but it's got to be something concrete and tangible it may be that Kim Jong Un has some ideas and we should hear him out".

Trump's predecessors, including presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, also maintained North Korea policies that did not call for regime change. He told "Fox News Sunday" over the weekend, "We will have to provide security assurances, to be sure".

May 10: Trump announces he will meet with Kim in Singapore on June 12.

Trump said he will not discuss US troop levels in South Korea during his meeting with Kim Jong Un.

"That having been said, my perception is that he is feeling that he has gotten a lot of recognition from the United States", Arend continued.

Trump said North Korean officials are discussing logistical details about the meeting with the United States "as if nothing happened".

In 2003, Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi agreed to give up his nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.

According to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, they are moving on with their arrangements for the summit even though there's the possibility that North Korea will pull out. Mentioning what happened in Libya, Trump said: "That model would take place if we don't make a deal". The Libya model "is what will take place if we don't make a deal". "It was incredibly reckless and unsafe". Little wonder that North Korea is lashing out.

Bolton, who served in the State Department and as United Nations ambassador in the Bush administration, replaced Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster in April.

"Measures that North Korea has taken to ease tension on the Korean peninsula should be acknowledged", he added.

Annual military drills between Washington and Seoul have always been a major source of contention between the Koreas, but the current exercises, called "Max Thunder", are particularly sensitive from North Korea's perspective because they reportedly involve nuclear capable B-52 bombers and F-22 stealth fighters.

As for Bolton, he along with other White House officials believe that the summit will still proceed, despite threats from North Korea. "That's much closer in time to North Korea's statement", he said, "and it also corresponds with something that North Korea said in that statement ... is about compensation for giving up their most destructive weapons".

SEOUL-The United States is insisting that North Korea start dismantling its weapons of mass destruction and move them out of the country within six months.

-South Korean military exercises that triggered an angry reaction from North Korea and cast doubt on President Donald Trump's upcoming summit with Kim Jong-un.

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

But his signal to Kim came in response to questions about comments by Bolton that angered North Korean officials, leading to the potential standoff in negotiations.