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DOOMSDAY BACK ON? Kim SLAMS 'Ignorant and Incompetent' South Korea

DOOMSDAY BACK ON? Kim SLAMS 'Ignorant and Incompetent' South Korea

"This is not about solving problems through dialogue, but is meant to replay the tragedy of Libya on North Korea", Kim Kye-gwan said, adding that Libya "has totally collapsed after handing over its fate to big powers".

By contrast, if the US reaches a deal with North Korea, Kim will "get protections that would be very strong," Trump said. -South Korean military exercises and its threat to pull out of its upcoming summit with President Trump are signs that Trump's North Korea strategy is working.

Although the US stated Thursday that summit preparations are moving forward, North Korea's threat to cancel the planned talks with the USA signals its frustration over Washington's position on how to denuclearize Pyongyang, said former USA officials who dealt with North Korea extensively.

In quotes published by the North's official Korean Central News Agency, Ri Son Gwon, chairman of a North Korean agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs, accused South Korea's government of being "an ignorant and incompetent group devoid of the elementary sense of the present situation, of any concrete picture of their dialogue partner and of the ability to discern the present trend of the times". "And it's up to President Trump to make sure that they don't". The President is fully prepared to have the meeting.

North Korea threatened Tuesday to cancel the June 12 summit between Kim and Trump in Singapore.

North Korean officials remember John Bolton's key role as undersecretary of State for arms control in 2004, when Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi ended his nuclear arms program in return for lifting US sanctions on his economy. The Libyan model that was mentioned was a much different deal.

Then, the North Korean regime began having doubts about whether it should attend the summit in the wake of this week's joint U.S. "If it doesn't take place that's fine, and if it does take place I think tremendous things can happen". "We can't let that happen any more", he said.

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The letter follows one from 18 US House Republicans, who earlier this month formally nominated Trump for the award amid preparations for a historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

"Now, that model would take place if we don't make a deal, most likely", he warned Pyongyang. "We'll have to see", Trump said at the Oval Office. He also held a ceremony at the parliament to celebrate the publication of his new book which is critical of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

In his meeting with Xi last week, Kim registered his desire for Chinese support in the talks, particularly his call for a "phased and synchronous" approach to denuclearization, as opposed to Trump's demand for an immediate end to its nuclear program.

Trump stressed that North Korea would have to abandon its nuclear weapons.

A top Kim aide blasted Bolton this week, blaming the Libya deal for Gaddafi's eventual downfall in an internationally backed popular uprising in 2011.

South Korea believes North Korea remains committed to improving relations despite strongly criticizing Seoul over ongoing U.S.

Mr Trump maintained the scheduled June 12 meeting in Singapore is on track, despite the North's threat Wednesday to cancel over concerns about the USA push to see the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. "We do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him", North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan noted in his remarks. They want something to be clarified there.