Trump down­plays North’s abuses

New Straits Times - - NEWS / REGION -

WASH­ING­TON: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump down­played abuses by Kim Jong-un’s regime in an in­ter­view fol­low­ing his sum­mit with the North Korean leader, say­ing that other coun­tries had also done “bad things”.

“A lot of other peo­ple (have) done some re­ally bad things. I mean, I could go through a lot of na­tions where a lot of bad things were done,” Trump said in an in­ter­view with Fox News.

He praised Jong-un as “a very smart guy” and “a great ne­go­tia­tor”, say­ing that “I think we un­der­stand each other”.

Ac­cord­ing to the State Depart­ment, Jong-un’s regime holds 80,000 to 120,000 po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers in forced labour camps, fac­ing tor­ture and starvation.

Be­sides abuses at home, Jongun is also sus­pected of or­der­ing the as­sas­si­na­tion of his brother at a Malaysian air­port last year.

Trump also had kind words for Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in the in­ter­view, de­scrib­ing him as “an in­cred­i­ble guy” and not­ing that he is “es­sen­tially pres­i­dent for life. That’s pretty good.”

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