Trump promises 'strong' protections for denuclearized North Korea

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The feasibility of the meeting in Singapore has been in question when North Korea announced Tuesday that they had canceled a meeting between their government and South Korea and were willing to withdraw from the US summit, due to joint U.S. But Mr. Trump didn't rule out such a Libya-like model for the future, if negotiations with North Korea don't go well. The U.S. has relied on China to help bolster its sanctions against North Korea.

The scheduled meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un may not happen after some impolitic comments by John Bolton.

South Korea's presidential Blue House said it would seek to bridge the gap between Washington and Pyongyang.

Pyongyang appears to be putting pressure on both the United States and South Korea and refusing to talk until some concessions are made, she adds.

According to North Korea state media, the country had high hopes for the summit, at least until they were "totally disappointed" by a recent remark by US National Securit Adviser John Bolton.

Moreover, while we are running a risk today, an intransigent North Korea that walks out would be running a risk as well.

The current uncertainty comes at a time when Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has drawn criticism internationally and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem has fuelled deadly violence on the Israel-Gaza border.

"You just can't turn the maximum- pressure switch back on unless you can persuade the South Koreans and the Chinese to do that", said former State Department nonproliferation official Joseph DeThomas. "In Libya we decimated that country". "We never said to Gaddafi, "Oh, we're going to give you protection", he said.

The statement came after Bolton suggested in several public interviews that North Korea should give up its weapons the way Libya did in 2003.

For there is nothing North Korea is likely to demand that cannot be granted, as long as the security of South Korea is assured to the degree that it can be assured, while living alongside a nuclear-armed North.

During an official visit to Paris, Wang said that "all parties, especially the United States, should cherish this opportunity for peace and should not work as a barrier".

So to hear the Trump administration claiming credit for a deal it does not like has been a step too far.

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported that the North's main state-controlled media outlet, the KCNA, announced that the annual "Max Thunder" joint drills underway between the South Korean and USA air forces are a rehearsal for an invasion of the North and a provocation.

January 9: North and South Korean officials, meeting in the border village of Panmunjom, agree on North Korea sending athletes and delegates to the Winter Olympics taking place in the South the following month.

The prospects of denuclearization talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un began to fade this week.

"The best thing he could ever do is to make a deal", Trump told reporters during a White House meeting Thursday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Donald Trump has warned Kim Jong-un that North Korea will face the same fate as Muammar Gaddafi if it "doesn't make a deal" on his nuclear weapons programme. "And he'll get protections that will be very strong".

"The reality is this could mean a lot of things ranging from 1) nothing, to 2) DPRK [North Korea's] domestic politics to 3) a warning shot about all the USA maximum pressure talk to 4) a real change in DPRK intentions", tweeted Vipin Narang, an MIT professor who specializes in nuclear strategy.

After Pyongyang railed this week that the U.S.