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North Korean Summit Might Be Cancelled Because Of A Stupid, Dangerous Remark By John Bolton

A statement released from a senior official in the North Korean government indicates that National Security Adviser John Bolton’s remarks on CBS’ “Face the Nation” might have irked the regime, potentially torpedoing the upcoming, in-person negotiations between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

“High-ranking officials of the White House and the Department of State including John Bolton, White House national security adviser,” the statement from North Korea reads, “are letting loose the assertions of a so-called Libya mode of nuclear abandonment: ‘complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization,’ ‘total decommissioning of nuclear weapons, missiles, biochemical weapons’ etc, while talking about a formula of ‘abandoning nuclear weapons first, compensating afterwards.'”

The fact that Kim’s spokesman singled out John Bolton has caused some in the press to go back through his interviews and try to pinpoint where Bolton might have let slip that he has Libya in mind when forming policy toward North Korea. As it turns out, he compared the two nations when talking to Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” on April 29.

“Is it a requirement that Kim Jong Un agree to give away those weapons before you give any kind of concession?” Brennan asked.

“I think that’s right,” Bolton replied. “I think we’re looking at the Libya model of 2003, 2004. We’re also looking at what North Korea itself has committed to previously and most importantly, I think going back over a quarter of a century to the 1992 joint North-South denuclearization agreement where North Korea committed to give up nuclear weapons and committed to give up uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing.”

Bolton continued, “Now we’ve got other issues to discuss as well; their ballistic missile programs, their biological and chemical weapons programs, their keeping of American hostages, the abduction of innocent Japanese and South Korean citizens over the years. So there’s a lot to talk about.”

The North Koreans are not too keen on Bolton’s strategy, especially since the disarmament of Libya preceded the ouster of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was captured, killed and potentially sodomized toward the end of the Libyan Civil War. He had been in power in Libya since the late 1960s. It is possible that the comparison between Libya and North Korea scared Kim Jong Un off from his upcoming talk with Donald Trump.

Christopher Noel
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Chris Noel is a freelance writer and photographer. In 2015, he graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's degree in English. When he is not writing, he helps manage a contemporary art gallery in Indianapolis.

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