Trump: U.S. not pursuing regime change in N. Korea

May 18, 2018, 8:03 AM EDT
Uncertainty looms over proposed Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.
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With uncertainty looming over a planned U.S .- N. Korea summit, U.S. President Donald Trump has warned his N. Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un to either make a deal or be prepared to suffer the fate of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Trump contradicted his own National Security Adviser, John Bolton, as he proposed a “South Korean model” instead of so-called “Libya model,” adding that a denuclearized N. Korea would be run by Kim Jong-un, notes the BBC.

Trump, apparently misinterpreted “Libya model” with the 2011 NATO intervention in the country which led to the killing of authoritarian Gaddafi, while the original reference by Bolton alluded to Gaddafi’s agreement in December 2003 to surrender his nuclear program, writes The Guardian.