"That model… was total decimation. That model would take place if we don't make a deal," he told reporters at the White House.
However, that's not exactly what his national security adviser John Bolton had in mind when he brought up the so-called Libyan model in regard to negotiations with North Korea and Kim Jung-un.
Bolton's remark was about the 2003 agreement to dismantle Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi's weapons of mass destruction programs.
After Gaddafi signed off on the agreement as part of a move to improve relations with the West and gain relief from sanctions, the United States, United Kingdom, and international organizations dismantled Libya's chemical and nuclear weapons programs and Gaddafi's long-range ballistic missiles.