Thu May 24th, 2018 at 05:57:26 PM EST
The Apprentice whose followers were already calling for his candidacy as the recipient of the explosive Nobel Prize, that would be true dynamite!
Trump is pretty good in "blowing-up" things from trade deals like NAFTA, TPP, Paris Climate Accord, WTO agreements due to "national security" risks and the Iran Nuclear agreement JCPOA signed by Barack Obama.
US Government destroyed NK Summit in Singapore with threat of "Libya Model"
Of all the countries that might have acted as a spoiler for the summit in Singapore between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un--China, Russia, Japan, the United States and North Korea themselves--the one that doomed it was unexpected. It isn't even involved in North Korea diplomacy and is located a long 6,000 miles away from the Korean Peninsula. It's Libya.
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Yet Libya ought to have been top of mind. It's notoriously difficult to determine what motivates the strategic choices and polices of North Korea's leaders, but among the factors that has been evident for some time is Kim Jong Un's fear of ending up like Muammar al-Qaddafi. The Libyan strongman was pulled from a drainage pipe and shot to death by his own people following a U.S.-led military intervention during the Arab Spring in 2011. The North Korean government views its development of nuclear weapons--a pursuit Qaddafi abandoned in the early 2000s, when his nuclear program was far less advanced than North Korea's, in exchange for the easing of sanctions and other promised benefits--as its most reliable shield against a hostile United States that could very easily inflict a similar fate on Kim. We know this because the North Korean government has repeatedly said as much. "The Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq and the Gaddafi regime in Libya could not escape the fate of destruction after being deprived of their foundations for nuclear development and giving up nuclear programs of their own accord," the state-run Korean Central News Agency observed in 2016.
○ John Bolton, North Korea and the Libya Model
○ 'Political Dummy' and 'Libya Model': The Mike Pence - North Korea Exchange That Killed the Summit | Haaretz |
○ Trump cancels Singapore nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un | CNBC |
In his letter to Kim Jong Un, Trump puts squarely the blame on North Korea: ".. based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement."