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North Korean Regime Says Trump Will Be a 'Failed President' If He Insists on Denuclearization: Report

The announcement signals a major setback in the United States' diplomatic efforts.

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Undermining months of hope ahead of a promised summit between the United States and North Korea, the regime announced late Tuesday night Eastern Time that it will abandon the talks if Washington insists it must unilaterally disarm, according to multiple reports. It said that President Donald Trump will be a "failed president" if he follows the paths of his predecessors, who insisted that North Korea could not be permitted to have nuclear weapons for the long term.

Trump and Kim Jong-un are scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12. 

On the country's state-run media, a spokesperson said that North Korea would not accept "Libya-style denuclearization," Reuters reported. Many observers have noted that the fate of Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed after having voluntarily given up Libya's nuclear weapons program, serves as a disincentive for any dictator considering denuclearization. 

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The Trump administration has been clear, on the other hand, that denuclearization is the unequivocal goal of negotiations.

The North Koreans' announcement comes after the regime released three American hostages in an apparent show of goodwill. However, earlier last week, Trump announced that the U.S. will violate the Iran nuclear deal agreed to by President Barack Obama, which some worried would undermine diplomatic efforts with the Kim regime. 

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.