UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – US President Donald Trump has threatened that “if we do not reach an agreement with North Korea, the North Korean leader will suffer the same fate as the Libyan leader Gaddafi.”
The US president, in an attempt to bring Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table on his nuclear program, resorted to the carrot and stick policy. “He would stay in his country, he would continue to govern and his country would become very rich,” he promised, referring to South Korea as a possible model for the North. At the same time, he did not dismiss the idea of a Libyan model evoked by his national security advisor John Bolton, saying that “this model could be put in place if we do not reach an agreement with Pyongyang. “.
After months of relaxation, North Korea canceled a meeting with its southern neighbor, in protest against joint exercises between Washington and Seoul, citing the possibility of calling into question the meeting with Donald Trump scheduled for June 12.
According to Pyongyang, these maneuvers consist of working on attack scenarios against North Korea and can not be considered as a friendly approach.
On Thursday, Pyongyang assured that talks with Seoul could not engage in the current state of affairs, calling South Korean officials “ignorant and incompetent.”
In the aftermath, North Korea has declared that all atomic weapons-possessing countries should end their nuclear tests.
North Korea’s representative at the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva said Pyongyang’s recent decision to halt nuclear testing would be an important step towards disarmament on a global scale. He added that North Korea would join the collective efforts to denuclearize the world.
This is the first time that North Korea has openly spoken out on collective efforts to end atomic testing, which could highlight its willingness to join the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).