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Trump threatens Kim Jong-un with 'decimation'

IANS  |  Washington 

US has threatened North Korean leader with "decimation," unless he agrees to denuclearise the

With the June 12 US-North summit at stake, Trump on Thursday gave Kim two options -- reach an agreement to denuclearize and remain in power or suffer the fate of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was overthrown and murdered by rebels who were supported by a NATO bombing campaign in 2011, news reported.

"If you look at that with Gaddafi, that was a total decimation. We went in there to beat him. Now that would take place if we don't make a deal, most likely," Trump told reporters prior to his meeting with NATO at the

"But if we make a deal, I think is going to be very, very happy," the added.

Trump, however, said that the is not using "the Libyan model" in its negotiations with North Korea, distancing himself from John Bolton, who had explicitly mentioned "the of 2003-2004" as a basis for talks with

In 2003, agreed to eliminate his country's weapons of mass destruction in exchange for US economic incentives, although the agreement purportedly did not give Gaddafi any security guarantees.

By "Libyan model," Trump seemed to be referring to the 2011 NATO bombing campaign against the Libyan government, which helped rebels overthrow Gaddafi, who was soon brutally murdered by these groups.

"The Libyan model isn't the model we have at all when we are thinking of North In Libya, we decimated that country ... There was no deal to keep Gaddafi," Trump said.

"This with would be something where he would be there. He would be running his country. His country would be very rich," the added.

Trump said that if Kim Jong-un agreed to denuclearize, "he'll get protections that would be very strong," referring to guarantees for Kim to remain in power.

Trump also downplayed Pyongyang's threats to pull out of the US-North summit planned for June 12 in Singapore, saying "North Korea's actually talking to us about times and everything else as though nothing happened."

"Our people are literally dealing with them right now," Trump added.



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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 08:04 IST