President Donald Trump seems to have undermined his own national security adviser by saying his administration is not considering a “Libyan model” for North Korea. He joked about attacking the country, should they not do a deal.
The term refers to a deal offered to Muammar Gaddafi, who in 2003 agreed to stop Libya’s nascent nuclear weapons program in exchange for rapprochement with the West. Less than a decade later, he was ousted from power and killed by rebels, who were backed by NATO. US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s earlier suggestion that North Korea should strike a similar deal with the US and discard its nuclear weapons was criticized in Pyongyang.
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Speaking to journalists in the Oval Office on Thursday, Trump seems to have disavowed Bolton’s statements, saying that his administration is not pursuing a Libyan model in the attempt to negotiate an agreement with North Korea. He then joked that the Gaddafi model “will take place if we don’t make a deal,” apparently referring to the ultimate demise of the Libyan leader.
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