The President of the United States Donald Trump said the firing of his national advisor John Bolton comes after he has made mistakes, including offending North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un by demanding that he follow a “Libyan model” and hand over all his nuclear weapons.
Trump told reporters at the White House that the US was set back very badly when John Bolton talked about the Libyan model, adding that Bolton was a disaster.
Trump said Bolton, with his abrasive, hardline approach wasn’t getting along with people in the administration that I consider very important.
The rift between Trump and Bolton goes back to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 as they had different visions as regards the issue of Saddam Hussein and war in the country, according to the US-based Al-Hurra.
Muammar Gaddafi’s regime changed its policies after the invasion of Iraq and he voluntarily gave up the nuclear arsenal, which Gaddafi bought from the Pakistani nuclear expert Abdelkader Khan.
North Korea’s regime, therefore, views the Libyan approach as foolish, saying to give up their nuclear capabilities and weapons would be to forfeit their main form of security without getting sufficient benefits in return. Upon this issue, Kim Jong Un canceled a summit with Trump in June 2018.
Political analyst at the American Heritage Foundation Nile Gardiner told Al-Hurra TV that the North Korean leader believes that if he did like Muammar Gaddafi and gave up his nuclear power, then his rule will end as that of Gaddafi.
The rift between Trump and his national security advisor began when the latter said the Libyan model could convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear program and weapons as Gaddafi did in the past.
At the time, Trump responded by saying that Bolton was a tough guy to the extent that he dragged the US to a war in Iraq.