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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gadhafi Speaks on N. Korea

TOKYO -- North Korea needs to be encouraged with incentives to abandon its nuclear programs, like Libya was, and not just pushed, a son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Tuesday.

Libya pledged to abandon weapons of mass destruction in December 2003, after which the United States revoked an embargo and the European Union lifted sanctions.

Three inconclusive rounds of talks on Pyongyang's nuclear programs have been held by the United States, Japan, Russia, China and the two Koreas, but a fourth round planned for late last year never materialized.

"It's not fair all the time just to press, to push North Korea," said Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, 32, on a visit to Japan in connection with a Libyan art exhibition that includes some of his own paintings.

"It's like a tango, a dance, with two parts," he told a news conference. "We have to ask the other side to give more guarantees, more incentives." Gadhafi said Libya made a strategic choice to abandon its illicit arms programs because it became clear that doing so was to its advantage, what he termed a "win-win situation."

Gaddafi declined to comment on whether North Korea had helped Libya with its weapons program.