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North Korea is not like Libya.Bolton's comments – as well as subsequent remarks about the "Libya model" from Vice President Mike Pence – minimize the differences between Libya under Gadhafi and North Korea under Kim Jong Un. The most fundamental distinction is that Libya never possessed nuclear weapons, though readers of some reports saying that Gadhafi agreed to give up nuclear weapons in 2003 might easily imagine that it did.However, only one nation has actually developed and then given up nuclear weapons: South Africa, which announced in 1993 that it had decided to dismantle its small arsenal four years earlier.In contrast, North Korea's population is almost four times as large as Libya's, its regime and its huge army are well-entrenched, and it could inflict enormous damage beyond its borders with either conventional or nuclear weapons even without the ability to reach the continental United States with a ballistic missile.
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