The Libya model, as Kim well knows, didn’t end well for Muammar Qaddafi, who was driven out of power in 2011 after an extensive NATO bombing campaign. “The Libyan model isn’t a model that we have at all, when we’re thinking of North Korea,” the president told reporters Thursday in the Oval Office. But while Pompeo has offered up measured talking points on North Korea, Bolton, a fierce ideologue with little belief in diplomacy, has been moving the goalposts, telegraphing to Pyongyang that it is no nukes, or no deal. “I’d say he won't last more than a year.”Bolton, Wilkerson recalled, “would constantly go off the farm with regard to his remarks about North Korea” during the George W. Bush administration. “This could go to hell in a handbag in almost a half of dozen different angles, really quickly.
May 18, 2018 18:34 UTC
The Presidential Council issued a statement denouncing the current military escalation in eastern Libyan city of Derna, calling on the escalating parties to avoid the city the destruction and civilians the bloodshed. The PC urged the elders of the city and its neighboring towns and districts to engage in efforts to settle down the fighting through dialogue and wisdom. The PC's statement also said that the warring parties still have a chance to go back and undo all current military escalation so the city and its population can avoid war.
May 18, 2018 12:22 UTC
In a recent CBS interview, John Bolton said that Libya's disarmament could serve as a model for North Korea. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: The Libyan model isn't a model that we have at all when we're thinking of North Korea. So if the cold feet that we're seeing from North Korea is a reaction to Bolton's comments, it's certainly a delayed reaction. Now to be sure, that nuclear program was far less advanced in Libya in 2003 than what we see in North Korea today. They say they've gotten no official word that North Korea wants to back out.
May 18, 2018 09:44 UTC
Washington: US President Donald Trump has threatened North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with "decimation", unless Kim agrees to denuclearise the Korean peninsula. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12. Photo: AP"If you look at that model with Gaddafi, that was a total decimation. Now that model would take place if we don't make a deal, most likely," Trump told reporters prior to his meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House on Thursday, US time. "But if we make a deal, I think Kim Jong-un is going to be very, very happy," the President added.
May 18, 2018 02:37 UTC
Here is a recap of Thursday’s news headlines from The Libya ObserverExchange Rates http://lyo.ly/5acGunman loyal to warlord Haftar threatens Derna civilians with beheading and house demolishing http://lyo.ly/7bpLibya Presidential Council suspends government employment contracts http://lyo.ly/7brTawergha IDPs to soon return to their city, Head of reconciliation commission says http://lyo.ly/7btDerna Protection Force repels attack by Dignity Operation http://lyo.ly/7bcHigh Council of State condemns attacks on Derna http://lyo.ly/7bsGECOL spokesperson says electricity grid will be fine for Ramadan if citizens ration their usage http://lyo.ly/7bl30% of water at schools is contaminated; UNICEF study shows http://lyo.ly/7bjHead of Derna Local Council lashes out at the lack of condemnation against attacks on civilians http://lyo.ly/7bhBritish Ambassador says a Libyan-British economic conference to be held in the coming days http://lyo.ly/7bfLibyan Coast Guard complains of lack of supplies to cope with numbers of dead migrants http://lyo.ly/7beLibyan Cuisine: Sfinz http://lyo.ly/4mv
May 17, 2018 21:08 UTC
by | |What is going on with the Trump-Kim summit following the recent cancellation of a DPRK-ROK meeting? Will Trump and Kim meet? And how does John Bolton fit into all of this? Today, Aaron and Jeffrey discuss the latest twists and turns in the run-up to the Singapore summit, and raise broader questions about denuclearization and bureaucratic politics in the United States. Links of Note:John Bolton discussing that the summit will fail.
May 17, 2018 19:52 UTC
As you know, Kim Jong Un had a second meeting with China, which was a little bit of a surprise meeting. An evacuation of wealth like no country has ever seen before given to another country that's rebuilt itself based on a lot of the money they've taken out of the United States. Nobody's even seen anybody from our country even negotiate on trade -- trade with China and with other countries, I'm not just blaming China -- China's the biggest. But the President of China, President Xi, asked me to look at it. Meaning the president of China, President Xi could be influencing Kim Jong Un.
May 17, 2018 19:30 UTC
Asked about ‘Libya model’, Trump says: ‘That model … was total decimation. That model would take place if we don’t make a deal’Donald Trump has threatened Kim Jong-un with the same fate as Muammar Gaddafi if the North Korean leader “doesn’t make a deal” on his nuclear weapons programme. The model Bolton was referring to was Gaddafi’s agreement in December 2003 to surrender his embryonic nuclear weapons programme, which included allowing his uranium centrifuges to be shipped out to the US. And then what would be acceptable to the North Korean side in return for that front-loading?” Thornton said. It was unclear whether Thornton’s remarks had been coordinated with Bolton, who has suggested that North Korea would have to dismantle its nuclear weapons completely before receiving any benefits.
May 17, 2018 19:27 UTC
The Head of the Misrata-Tawergha Reconciliation Committee Yusif Al-Zerzah, said the Misrata General Assembly overwhelmingly agreed on the reconciliation doctrine between the two cities. Al-Zerzah told reporters on Thursday that the two cities agreed on the doctrine for peaceful coexistence and the return of Tawergha displaced population to their city safely under the supervision of Misrata municipality and Tawergha local council. Both cities will be committed to the doctrine and officials from both cities will be present to sign it, Al-Zerzah added, saying they don’t want the reconciliation doctrine to be politicized as “some parties want to hinder such an agreement and delay the return of Tawerghans.”“It is possible that the first week of Ramadan will see the signing of the doctrine, and we have started searching for the location and preparing invitations for the signing ceremony.” He remarked. “The agreement shall be implemented for the return of the return of the Tawergha IDPs safely.” Al-Zerzah indicated in response to questions about when the IDPs can return. Late last year, Presidential Council set February 01, 2018 as the date for the Tawerghans’ return home but the return was hindered and the suffering of the IDPs increased as many had to live in makeshift houses in Gararet Gataif area near Bani Walid awaiting new decisions.
May 17, 2018 19:07 UTC
The High Council of State (HCS) condemned unjustifiable military attacks on Derna in eastern Libya saying it is a violation of international laws and humanitarian values. In a statement on Thursday, the HCS said it was concerned about the attacks that could lead to a humanitarian disaster. It also urged the Presidential Council to take the needed measures to impose a ceasefire in the city, calling on the UNSMIL to take up its responsibility in the issue.
May 17, 2018 18:56 UTC
The Presidential Council (PC) has suspended employment contracts in a new ordinance it issued on Thursday as part of the 2018 financial measures. The PC ordered also collecting revenues and taking the needed alternative measures to boost economy. “The Ministry of Finance is the only authority entitled to implement the financial measures and it will start issuing payments authorized by the Libyan Treasury.” The PC’s statement reads. The Administrative Control Authority has criticized the financial measures of 2018 taken by the Presidential Council (PC), including expanding expenditure, urging the PC to reform and call for austerity measures instead this year. The head of authority, Nasser Hassan, told the PC in a letter that the measures which saw expansion of spending to 46 billion dinars amid a deficit of 14 billion dinars would worsen the ailing economy and financial instability in Libya.
May 17, 2018 18:56 UTC
A fighter from the ranks of Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army has threatened to behead and kill Derna people and demolish their houses, in the latest appalling threats by radicals-dominated army. In a video circulated on social media pages, the gunman said they will treat Derna people with slaughter as the “Khawarij” did in Sahaba Mosque, in reference to the beheading of a local man from Derna by ISIS in 2015 before being defeated by the city’s Shura Council. “We will demolish your houses; we will kill everyone, even civilians, we don't need Derna anymore.” The gunman threatened. The Derna Protection Force (DPF) said Wednesday it repelled an attempt by Dignity Operation armed groups to advance into south of the city. Note: The video has been removed by Youtube
May 17, 2018 16:52 UTC
The Libyan General Electricity Company (GECOL) reported on Wednesday the confirmation of the availability of sufficient gas to operate the power plants at maximum load after the completion of maintenance work on the Baher Salam offshore gas field. The spokesman of GECOL, Ahmed Hassan, said in a press statement that the status of the electrical grid is good now with the operation of all power units, reassuring the citizens of the stability of the electricity network during the month of Ramadan, calling for rationalization in the consumption of electricity. Hassan explained that the delay in the completion of the maintenance work at Baher Salam field over the past period led to a shortage of natural gas, which resulted in the power production units not being able to function at maximum load.
May 17, 2018 12:00 UTC
The head of Derna Local Council, Awad Lairaj, stated on Wednesday that the residential neighborhoods in the city were bombarded by MiG 21 aircraft, pointing out that a state of panic and fear hit the people as a result of the continuous bombing of the eastern Sahel and neighbourhood 400. He added that the areas that came under air bombing were all civilian targets, which is forcing families to flee and become displaced. Lairaj expressed anger about the silence of state authorities about this shelling and the military escalation, which are engendering lives of civilians.
May 17, 2018 12:00 UTC