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Rubio: Not Realistic to Think NKorea Will Agree to Denuclearize

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By    |   Friday, 09 March 2018 11:11 AM

Even though President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, it's not realistic to think that North Korea will agree to give up its nuclear capabilities, Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday.

"Donald Trump was elected because of his willingness to do things that other politicians and presidents haven't done, and this is right along the lines of that," the Florida Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

"I ultimately think that Kim Jong Un deeply believes that the only way he survives and doesn't become [Moammar] Gadhafi or Saddam Hussein is if he has nuclear weapons. If he gives them up, there's no reason why they won't come in after him."

There are two possibilities behind Kim's invitation to meet with Trump, said Rubio.

"Number one, the pressure of the sanctions is so intense and the fear that Donald Trump will attack him militarily is so deep, and there are so many complaints [from] his elites around him that he is forced to do something to buy time and create some sense of hope that things might improve," Rubio said.

The other possibility is that Kim is luring the United States into negotiations and then will make demands that he knows won't be met, said Rubio.

"He will make demands that he knows we will never agree to, like the U.S. abandoning South Korea," said Rubio. "At that point, he will go to the world and say 'I'm very reasonable. I met with the president, I'm willing to be flexible, but these guys don't want to deal with me.'"

That move, which Rubio said he thinks is most likely, would be designed to entice the international community to back off sanctions.

"I hope I'm wrong, by the way," the senator said. "We all want peace, but I don't think I'm wrong on this."

Meanwhile, Rubio, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told "CBS This Morning" that if Kim is not willing to "give up nuclear weapons and the ability to strike the United States, then my sense is that this is basically an effort to undermine international sanctions by saying, 'Look, I'm willing to meet.' But in those meetings, he makes requests we know you can never accept."

Rubio also said that he is not in total disagreement with Trump's approach to North Korea.

"I don't think we would be at this point today if it would have not been for sticking with sanctions, and I think they are right to argue that nothing is going to change just because there is going to be a meeting," he told CBS.

"I think pressure has certainly brought us to this point."

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Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday even though President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, it's not realistic to think that North Korea will agree to give up its nuclear capabilities.
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