North Korea’s media praise Trump remarks on U.S. troops

TOKYO(PTI):Donald Trump appears to be finding some friends in North Korea.

A combination photo shows a Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) handout of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released on May 10, 2016, and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump posing for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., on May 17, 2016.

The presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee has been getting good press this week in the North’s carefully controlled media, first in an opinion piece that praised him as “wise” and full of foresight and then on Wednesday in the official mouthpiece of the ruling Worker’s Party itself.

A shocker to Seoul

Both articles noted how his suggestions that he would be willing to meet leader Kim Jong Un and wants to rethink and possibly withdraw U.S. troops from South Korea have created a “Trump Shock” in Seoul.

The state-run DPRK Today in Pyongyang started off the Trump praise on Tuesday by juxtaposing the “wise” Mr. Trump with what it called “dull Hillary” — describing leading Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton by only her first name.

‘Don’t vote for dull Hillary’

“The Presidential candidate, who U.S. citizens should vote for is not dull Hillary, who says she would pursue an ’Iran-type model’ to solve the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear problems, but Trump, who said he would solve problems by directly talking with North Korea,” said the column attributed to a “China-based scholar.”

In the lengthy column, Mr. Trump is described as a “wise politician and presidential candidate with foresight” for his comments about the U.S. potentially withdrawing its troops from South Korea if Seoul doesn’t bear the costs.

His intent for direct talks lauded

The column also noted the real estate baron’s public willingness to directly talk with the North Korean leadership if he becomes President.

Mr. Trump told The New York Times in March that South Korea and Japan should pay much more for the U.S. troops based in their countries — about 28,000 in South Korea and around 50,000 in Japan.

In a more recent interview with the Reuters news agency, Mr. Trump said he was willing to meet with Mr. Kim. “I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him,” he said.

Troop removal dovetails N. Korea

The removal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula and direct talks with a U.S. president dovetail nicely with objectives Pyongyang has held for years — though undoubtedly for different reasons than the American real estate magnate.

The North wants the U.S. troops to leave because it sees them as a direct threat to the regime’s security and has long wanted talks with Washington, ostensibly toward a peace treaty to end the 1950-53 Korean War, that would boost its international status and acknowledge that North Korea is a nuclear state.

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