In yet another twist to an election season that has torn up every political script ever written, the nation Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said is ruled by “a maniac” is coming out on his behalf to endorse his candidacy.
North Korea’s official state-run DPRK newspaper showered praise on Trump — who has said he wants to meet North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un — calling the presumptive GOP nominee a “wise politician” and “far-sighted candidate.”
“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,” the newspaper said Monday.
“In my personal opinion, there are many positive aspects to the Trump’s ‘inflammatory policies,’” wrote Han Yong Mook, who called himself a Chinese North Korean scholar. “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 piece referred to Trump’s proposal that the United States should re-evaluate its commitment to defend South Korea if South Korea does not shoulder more of the costs.
“Yes do it, now … Who knew that the slogan ‘Yankee Go Home’ would come true like this? The day when the ‘Yankee Go Home’ slogan becomes real would be the day of Korean Unification.”
The article even urged Seoul not to pay its defense costs so that U.S. forces would eventually withdraw.
In April, when Trump talked about getting more support from South Korea for its defense, and referred to Kim Jong-un as “a maniac,” he also noted that North Korea might not benefit from his concept.
“Frankly, the case could be made to let (Japan) protect themselves against North Korea, they’d probably wipe them out pretty quick,” Trump said then.
In January, Trump said the nuclear ambitions of North Korea need to be controlled.
“You have this madman over there who probably would use it,” Trump said then. “And nobody talks to him, other than of course Dennis Rodman. That’s about it.”
“We got to close it down, because he’s getting too close to doing something,” Trump also said then. “Right now, he’s probably got the weapons, but he doesn’t have the transportation system. Once he has the transportation system, he’s sick enough to use it. So we better get involved.”
One analyst said the pro-Trump comments are aimed at gaining influence with Trump and Washington in general.
“(Trump is) the Dennis Rodman of American politics — quirky, flamboyant, risk-taking. At the moment he’s also an outsider. But Pyongyang is hoping that either he’ll be elected (and follows through on his pledges) or that his pronouncements will change the political game in the United States and influence how the Democratic party and mainstream Republicans view Korean issues,” said John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy In Focus.