Repub­li­can con­tender’s views praised

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

Don­ald Trump ap­pears to be find­ing some friends in North Korea.

The pre­sump­tive US 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 yes­ter­day in the of­fi­cial mouth­piece of the rul­ing Worker’s Party it­self.

Both ar­ti­cles noted how his sug­ges­tions he would be will­ing to meet leader Kim Jong Un and wants to re­think and pos­si­bly with­draw US 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” Trump with what it called a “dull” Hil­lary - de­scrib­ing the lead­ing Demo­cratic Party can­di­date only by her first name.

In the lengthy col­umn, Trump is de­scribed as a “wise politi­cian and pres­i­den­tial can­di­date with fore­sight” for his com­ments about the US po­ten­tially with­draw­ing its troops from South Korea if Seoul doesn’t bear the costs. It also noted his pub­lic will­ing­ness to di­rectly talk with the North Korean lead­er­ship if he be­comes pres­i­dent. Clin­ton, the col­umn said, is “dull” for promis­ing to pur­sue an “Iran-type model” to solve nu­clear is­sues with the North. Trump told The New York Times in March that South Korea and Ja­pan should pay much more for the US 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, Trump said he was will­ing to meet with Kim. “I would speak to him, I would have no prob­lem speak­ing to him,” he said. The re­moval of US troops from the Korean Penin­sula and di­rect talks with a US pres­i­dent dove­tail nicely with ob­jec­tives Py­ongyang has held for years - though un­doubt­edly for dif­fer­ent rea­sons than the Amer­i­can real es­tate mag­nate.

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