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A North Korean state media outlet reportedly declared its support for Donald Trump in an editorial praising him as a “far-sighted candidate.”
DPRK Today published the article Tuesday, reports NK News. The author of the editorial, Han Yong-mook, introduced himself as a Chinese North Korean scholar.
“In my personal opinion, there are many positive aspects to the Trump’s ‘inflammatory policies,’ ” the article states, according to NK News. “Trump said ‘he will not get involved in the war between the South and the North,’ isn’t this fortunate from North Koreans’ perspective?”
The article complimented the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as a “wise politician” and expressed enthusiasm for Trump’s comments that he would have been willing to speak directly with Kim Jong-un and would potentially withdraw U.S. forces from Seoul if South Korea didn’t increase defense spending.
“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,” reads the editorial.
“This is very striking,” Korea analyst Aidan Foster-Carter told NK News. “Admittedly it is not exactly Pyongyang speaking, or at least not the DPRK government in an official capacity. 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.”
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