President Trump made the threat to Kim Jong-un in 2018, stating that if he did not abandon the country’s nuclear programme he could end up like Colonel Muammar Gaddafi – the slain Libyan leader. The US President said: “The Libyan model was a much different model. We decimated that country. We never said to Gaddafi, ‘Oh, we’re going to give you protection’. “We went in and decimated him, and we did the same thing with Iraq.”
He added: “That model would take place if we don’t make a deal.”
Mr Trump’s comments came after North Korea abruptly pulled out of a meeting with South Korea, which was supposed to happen that week.
While threats of violence from Washington have been regular in recent years, it hasn’t contributed to the recurring rumours surrounding Kim Jong-un’s health.
Japan has reported today that it has some concerns about the North Korean leader’s health.
The country’s defence minister made the comment at a press briefing and added he thought recent movements in the secretive state were “all very strange” and linked to the coronavirus.
He told reporters: “We have some suspicions about his [Kim Jong-un’s] health.”
Taro said the “very strange movements” in North Korea were because of Kim “trying not to get infected,” as the “virus is spreading around” the country.
He said Japan, the US, and others have been exchanging information about him.
But adding to the mystery, he did not elaborate on what he thought was the matter with the tyrant, saying: “I’m not allowed to discuss intelligence issues.”
In April, Kim went missing with similar doubts around his health.
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It said Kim has been hard at work 365 days a year – without taking time off for holidays, birthdays or even sleep.
An article in the country’s daily Rodong Sinmun said: “From the outset, the revolutionary calendar of our leader … does not have any day offs, holidays or birthdays.”
The official paper of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea dedicated the entire front page to extolling the past eight years of the reclusive Kim’s leadership.
It added: “Our party, in drafting and implementing of all policies, have prioritised the people’s benefit … and have cast the iron mace mercilessly to, whomever that is, those who infringe on the people’s benefit with abusing power, bureaucratism, and corruption.”
As Japan casts fresh concerns over the movements of Kim Jong-un, previous incidences could indicate a further few weeks of speculation