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5/18, 2:53 AM (Source: TeleTrader.com)
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Trump offers Kim security protections in exchange for denuclearization

As the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un faces uncertainties due to Pyongyang's concerns over joint military drills with South, United States President Donald Trump expressed hopes that the meeting would, in fact, take place, and that it would lead to a denuclearization deal and opening of the rogue country to the world.

During a meeting with the Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg, Trump sent a message to Kim that he can count on "very strong" security protections in exchange for dismantling his nuclear arsenal. "He will get protections that are very strong...The best thing he could do is make a deal," the president stated, and added: "If we make a deal, I think Kim Jong-un is going to be very, very happy."

Pyongyang has recently voiced protest over the annual joint military drills that South Korea has with the US, and stated that it is not willing to denuclearize unilaterally, without security guarantees. To show the seriousness of its concerns, the North has postponed the second round of high-level talks with the South and threatened to cancel the Trump-Kim summit scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

When asked if Washington is going to follow the "Libyan model" in dealing with Kim's regime, US commander in chief stated that the African country's leader Muammar Gaddafi was never granted any protections when he gave up the nuclear weapons program in 2003, unlike what is being offered to Kim. However, if a deal is not reached, the North Korean regime will have to face "maximum pressure" to quickly abandon nuclear capabilities, with no protections guaranteed, which is the approach advocated by Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton.

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