It is a difficult challenge for North Korea, Mr. Pompeo said, one that is made all the more difficult with the 2011 overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi. In that case, the Libyan strongman, persuaded by President George W. Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq and the fate of Saddam Hussein, had agreed to give up his weapons of mass destruction only to be savagely killed anyway by Islamist rebels with a helping hand from NATO forces.
Orchestrated by [then] President Barack Obama. Let’s not forget that part.
“They stare at history where in previous cases some country has given up their nuclear weapons and the country was essentially then run over and the leader killed,” Mr. Pompeo said. “That has to be on their mind.”