Earlier this year, the Kremlin sang Donald Trump’s praises all the way from Moscow, and now North Korea is on board with the Donald too, the Guardian reports.
North Korea has backed presumptive Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump with a propaganda website praising him as “a prescient presidential candidate” who can liberate Americans living under daily fear of nuclear attacks by the North.
A column carried on Tuesday by DPRK Today, one of the reclusive and dynastic state’s mouthpieces, described Trump as a “wise politician” and the right choice for U.S. voters in the November 8 U.S. presidential election.
The editorial in DPRK Today said Mr Trump could unify the Korean Peninsula and favoured his proposal to hold direct talks with their leader Kim Jong-un.
“In my personal opinion, there are many positive aspects to the Trump’s ‘inflammatory policies’,” wrote Han Yong Mook, who said he was a Chinese North Korean scholar.
Analysts said that although the editorial was not officially from Pyongyang, it was sure to reflect thinking inside the regime.
“This is very striking,” said Aidan Foster-Carter of the University of Leeds.“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 US policy in the region.”
“The president that U.S. citizens must vote for is not that dull Hillary … but Trump, who spoke of holding direct conversation with North Korea,” the editorial urged.
Last week, Trump told Reuters that he wanted to stop North Korea’s nuclear program by talking directly to its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un. The proposed talk would break President Obama’s policy of only speaking to the tyrant — who has frequently hinted about nuclear doom — through U.S. diplomats.
The editorial also called on American voters to reject “dull” Hillary Clinton. The article criticized the likely Democratic nominee for pushing sanctions against North Korea in order to limit its nuclear capabilities, similar to the strategy adopted in Iran.
In previous remarks, Trump has proposed withdrawing American troops to abandon its stations in South Korea, and he has slammed the country for being a national security freeloader by not paying to protect itself and forcing the US to foot its national security bill. The real estate magnate has also suggested replacing troops with nuclear options—comments that alarmed both South Korea and neighboring Japan.
The plan, however, has apparently found support in North Korea.
“Yes do it, now,” Mr. Han wrote. “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 editorial also urged South Korea to maintain its current levels of military spending, which Trump has said would prompt him to remove troops from the peninsula. He wants the country to foot more of the bill for military presence there. The authors also urged Americans not to vote for likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
A researcher said the odd editorial indicates Pyongyang’s wish to break through Washington’s strategic patience policy.
“He’s 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,” John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy In Focus told NK News.