No Libya-style denuclearization
Pyonyang will never engage in economic trade with the world’s largest economy in exchange for giving up weapons, KCNA continued, adding that North Korea rejected Libya-style denuclearization.
Libya voluntarily gave up its nuclear ambitions in 2003 in order to get out from under economic sanctions. The country’s dictator Moammar Gadhafi was eventually overthrown in a Western-supported coup and killed in 2011.
If Pyongyang follows Libya’s footsteps, its entire existence may be threatened.
The country considers nuclear weapons equally important as economic growth so “without the nukes as cover, should it ever want to coerce or invade the South again, it really has nothing to bail themselves out,” according to King.
Different definitions of the term denuclearization is also expected to complicate any international negotiations.
For the U.S., the term means North Korea giving up all nuclear weapons — but Pyongyang may agree to do so only if certain conditions are fulfilled, experts warn. Those prerequisites include terminating America’s military presence in South Korea as well as ending the U.S. regional nuclear umbrella.
If Kim does withdraw from the June 12 meeting, it wouldn’t be the first instance of Pyongyang reversing on its commitments. The isolated state has duped multiple U.S. presidential administrations, each of which has passed the North Korea problem onto the next.
Under a 1994 deal with President Bill Clinton’s administration, Pyongyang committed to freezing its illicit plutonium weapons program but in 2002, the North once again began operating nuclear facilities.
Trump will remain as a “failed president” if he follows in the steps of his predecessors, KCNA stated on Wednesday.
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