North Korea appeared to flip on the US on Tuesday with a variety of complaints and statements that marked the first real backslide of a diplomatic push for peace in Korea, and it pinned its complaints on a dark, threatening statement from John Bolton.
Bolton, President Donald Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser, suggested the US could follow a “Libya model” for denuclearizing North Korea.
Libya’s former leader was violently killed after giving up his weapons of mass destruction.
It’s unclear why Bolton chose to mention Libya in the context of North Korea, knowing the violent end Libya’s leader met, but the comment looks to have soured peace talks for now.
North Korea appeared to flip on the US on Tuesday with a variety of complaints and statements that marked the first real backslide of a diplomatic push for peace in Korea — and much of it was pinned on a dark, threatening statement made by President Donald Trump’s hawkish new national security adviser.
North Korean media specifically targeted Trump’s new national security adviser, John Bolton.
“We shed light on the quality of Bolton already in the past, and we do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him,” wrote Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea’s vice-minister of foreign affairs.
Bolton, who has written extensively advocating that the US bomb North Korea, recently made a strange statement that appears to have provoked North Korea’s anger.
“I think we’re looking at the Libya model of 2003, 2004,” to denuclearize North Korea, Bolton told CBS’ “Face the Nation” in late April.
Shortly after the US invaded Iraq and deposed Saddam Hussein in 2003, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi agreed to have international inspectors visit his country to certify that his nuclear and chemical weapons programs had halted.
In 2011, a popular uprising in Libya got backing …read more
Source:: Business Insider