Kim Jong-Un is threatening to ditch the historic meeting with President Trump unless his demands are met. He is not willing to meet while Trump keeps his commitment to not lift sanctions until after North Korea’s nuclear weapons have been dismantled.
The North Korean leader declared a heated statement criticizing the U.S. and South Korea for holding joint military drills. He believes they are preparing for an invasion of the North. And Kim Jong-Un said that National Security Adviser John Bolton was “repugnant” for suggesting that the North would have to give up its weapons first and then be compensated later.
America Must End Hostile Policy
Kim Jong-Un said that America must end “hostile policy, nuclear threats and blackmail” as a “precondition” for denuclearization.
The Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kim Key Gwan, made this statement: “It is a ridiculous comedy to see that the Trump administration, claiming to take a different road from previous administrations, still clings to the outdated policy on the DPRK – a policy pursued by previous administrations at the time when the DPRK was at the stage of nuclear development.”
“If President Trump follows in the footsteps of his predecessors, he will be recorded as more tragic and unsuccessful president than his predecessors, far from his initial ambition to make unprecedented success. If the Trump administration takes an approach to the DPRK-US summit with sincerity for improved DPRK-US relations, it will receive a deserved response from us.”
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The statement continued: “However, if the US is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-US summit.”
The North Korean regime took issue with Bolton’s comparison of their disarmament to a Libya-style program.
Over a decade ago, Libya under Muammar Gaddafi, agreed to give up its nuclear and chemical weapons program. Afterwards, the West led a military effort to remove Gaddafi after the Arab Spring in 2011.
The North Korean regime branded that comparison as “awfully sinister,” saying it was an attempt to impose the “miserable fate” of Iraq or Libya on the North.
“We shed light on the quality of Bolton in the past,” the statement adds, “and we do not hide our feeling of repugnance toward him.”
“Our Country Is Neither Libya Nor Iraq”
“The world knows all too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq,” it said.
The White House made no immediate effort to slow down preparations for the summit on Tuesday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders simply said: ‘We are aware of the South Korean media report. The United States will look at what North Korea has said independently, and continue to coordinate closely with our allies.”
Credit: Daily Mail