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Here’s our chance to ditch talks with North Korea

Trump, Pompeo and Bolton have all said that the US wants the "complete, verifiable, irreversible, denuclearization of North Korea - a high standard that Pyongyang has previously balked at", The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Trump laid out the alternative to his preferred solution in a way that might be perceived by North Korean officials - who are known to closely monitor United States news shows - as a threat, saying the Libya model - i.e. decimation - could beckon for Kim if he doesn't do a deal.

US President Donald Trump suggested Thursday Beijing could be behind North Korea's recent harsh rhetoric against Washington in the past week, which has thrown the June summit in Singapore into doubt.

"We are going to do everything we can to come to a successful meeting, but we are not going to back away from the objective of that meeting which is complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea", Mr Bolton had said.

Mr Trump said he is "willing to do a lot" to provide security guarantees to Kim.

But it wants to ensure the United States doesn't replace China as North Korea's ally of choice, nor does it want a reunified Korea, indebted to Washington, sitting just across its border. South Korea and the USA must decide how to respond.

Unification Ministry spokesman Baek Tae-hyun said Seoul believes North Korea remains committed to improving relations. The Libyan model that was mentioned was a much different deal.

Pyongyang appears to be putting pressure on both the United States and South Korea and refusing to talk until some concessions are made, she adds.

Joshua Pollack at the Middleburg Institute of International Studies in California, said North Korea was "irritated by the USA administration's vow to maintain sanctions in spite of North Korean concessions", Reuters reported. Kim Jong-un met President Moon and the pair signed a declaration, and they are about to dismantle a nuclear test site in front of global media. We never said to [Libyan leader Muammar] Gadhafi, 'Oh, we're going to give you protection.

The statement came after Bolton suggested in several public interviews that North Korea should give up its weapons the way Libya did in 2003.

"There are things that the North Korean aren't saying", Chang said. They deter aggressors while making the outside world listen when North Korea speaks.

It must be wondered if Kim and his people have read Trump's 1987 bestselling book "The Art of the Deal".

A statement published by the state-run Korea Central News Agency, said North Korea would never accept economic assistance from the USA in exchange for unilaterally abandoning its nuclear programme. "And he'll get protections that would be very strong".

Mr Trump attempted to allay their fears on Thursday by saying the USA is not thinking of a "Libya model" for the denuclearisation of the North.

Trump's pre-emptive blaming for deals not yet achieved extended elsewhere.

However, he stressed that North Korea would have to abandon its nuclear weapons.

"This would be with Kim Jong Un, something where he would be there, he'd be in his country, he'd be running his country, his country would be very rich", Trump continued.

He was apparently referring to the USA call to start dismantling weapons and missiles in exchange for a delisting of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, the sources said.

For now, the summit between Trump and Kim is set for June 12 in Singapore.