President Donald Trump dismissed the idea of applying the "Libyan model" for denuclearizing North Korea, as previously proposed by national security adviser John Bolton. There was no deal to keep Qaddafi.
North Korean officials have said that after Libya gave up its nuclear program, a foreign military intervention toppled that nation's leader, Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed by rebels.
The North has argued that it needs its nuclear weapons to preserve its security, and expressed concerns about giving up its nuclear program.
On Thursday, Trump appeared to heed that advice by reassuring the North Korean regime that Kim Jong Un's leadership is not being questioned in the lead up to the historic meeting. "His country would be very rich", the US leader said.
No overseas destination was publicly given, but the United States or France could be possibilities.
"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", he said. In the lead-up to the Singapore summit, should it still take place, Trump may be preparing for the wrong game: a two-player round of checkers when Kim is steeling for a multiplayer two-board chess match.More news: West Ham part company with manager Moyes
People around Trump understand the classic process of summitry and the danger of throwing the two leaders together to just work it out, according to Kazianis.
"We're still hopeful that the meeting will take place and we'll continue down that path but at the same time we've been prepared that these could be tough negotiations", Sanders said in an interview with Fox News.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it clear Sunday that the Trump administration would lift us sanctions on North Korea if it ended its entire nuclear weapons arsenal. "It was incredibly reckless and risky".
Washington and Pyongyang are continuing talks over the method and timing for the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear arsenal. "He's gotten the president of the United States to agree to a summit to discuss issues on the [Korean] peninsula, and I think he's pushing to see how much he can get from the United States in the way of concessions. The border is still quite strong", he said, as he tended to blame the Chinese for the sudden change in the North Korean stance. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told parliament that North Korea and the United States had differences of views over how to achieve denuclearisation. Trump will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on May 22.
"I really believe he's going to be very happy", Trump said.
The neighbouring nations, which fought together during the Korean war, had grown apart past year after China backed United Nations sanctions crimping North Korea's energy imports and sources of foreign cash in a bid to pressure it to halt its nuclear and missile tests.