In 2003, after long talks, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi agreed to completely denuclearise and all of that was settled. But then a few years later, rebel forces who were being funded by western political powers killed him. If anyone suggested that this would be happening to you, you’d be pretty alarmed, to say the least. Well, that goes for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who has threatened to pull out of a face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump that was set for mid-June where full denuclearisation would be discussed.

It’s all John Bolton’s fault

Thanks to some comments by John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser, about using “the Libya model” to deal with North Korea, Kim might not attend the summit in Singapore and all of the work that’s been done towards a full denuclearisation of the North would be thrown out the window. The regime’s statement that threatened to pull out of the meeting specifically pointed the finger at Bolton as the reason for their doubts.

So, now, in a case of classic political spin, Trump is trying to rub out Bolton’s comments and carve his own niche away from them. The President clarified that “the Libyan model isn’t a model that we have at all” in terms of North Korea, and said that the plan is more “a South Korean model in terms of their industry,” with the aim to make the North a “very rich” country under Kim’s leadership.