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Donald Trump is determined next month’s potentially historic meeting with Kim Jong Un goes ahead. After North Korea abruptly threatened to cancel the summit Wednesday, Trump went on a wild ramble in the Oval Office Thursday, flashing both carrot and stick.

Trump first assured Kim he would remain in power if he agreed to complete denuclearization at the summit ­— then warned the regime would be “decimated” if he didn’t play ball.

Despite Kim’s threat to cancel the sit-down, Trump talked up the prospects of it going ahead.

“Nothing has changed on North Korea that we know of. We have not been told anything,” he said.

“And if it does that’s fine and if it doesn’t I think we’ll probably have a very successful meeting.”

Donald Trump is determined next month’s potentially historic meeting with Kim Jong Un goes ahead. After North Korea abruptly threatened to cancel the summit Wednesday, Trump went on a wild ramble in the Oval Office Thursday, flashing both carrot and stick.

Trump first assured Kim he would remain in power if he agreed to complete denuclearization at the summit ­— then warned the regime would be “decimated” if he didn’t play ball.

Despite Kim’s threat to cancel the sit-down, Trump talked up the prospects of it going ahead.

“Nothing has changed on North Korea that we know of. We have not been told anything,” he said.

“And if it does that’s fine and if it doesn’t I think we’ll probably have a very successful meeting.”

Forget the “Libya model”

Part of North Korea’s threat to exit the summit focused on a suggestion from Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton that Washington would pursue a “Libya model” of verifiable denuclearization for Pyongyang.

Bolton had been referring to the 2003 deal in which former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi agreed to dismantle his nuclear program and ship components of it overseas, in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. But invoking the example of a dictator who met a bloody fate at the hands of a NATO-backed uprising eight years later was a red flag for Kim.

Speaking with Bolton at his side Thursday, Trump contradicted his national security adviser and explicitly dismissed the Libya comparison.

“The Libyan model isn’t a model that we have at all when we’re thinking of North Korea,” he said.

“This with Kim Jong Un would be something where he would be

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