North Korean state media came out in support of “wise” GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, urging Americans not to vote for “dull” Hillary Clinton.
The article, published Tuesday in DPRK Today, referred to Trump as a “wise politician” for his proposal to open a line of communication with Kim Jong Un, NK News reports.
“The president that U.S. citizens must vote for is not that dull Hillary – who claimed to adapt the Iranian model to resolve nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula – but Trump, who spoke of holding direct conversation with North Korea,” said Han Yong Mook, a Chinese North Korean academic.
“In my personal opinion, there are many positive aspects to the Trump’s ‘inflammatory policies’,” Mook said. “Trump said ‘he will not get involved in the war between the South and the North,’ isn’t this fortunate from North Koreans’ perspective?”
Although the piece was written in state media, Aidan Foster-Carter from the University of Leeds, said it stopped short of constituting an official endorsement of Trump.
“Admittedly it is not exactly Pyongyang speaking, or at least not the DPRK government in an official capacity,” Foster-Carter told NK News. “But it is certainly Pyongyang flying a kite, or testing the waters. For the rest of us, this is a timely reminder – if it were needed – of just how completely Trump plans to tear up established U.S. policy in the region; and what an irresponsible, unthinking menace the man is.”
Pyongyang recently shifted towards a more open negotiating stance, having issued a statement looking for dialogue with South Korea and the United States. In particular, Pyongyang wants to resume talks about military relations with Seoul. Yet just as it’s tried to renew ties, it test launched a new missile Tuesday, likely an intermediate-range Musudan, which sputtered and failed.
President Barack Obama said last Thursday at the G7 summit he was concerned about North Korean strides on the missile launch front.
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