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Bernie Sanders is not likely to be pleased.
An editorial in the North Korean state media outlet DPRK Today praised presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump as a “wise politician” and “far-sighted presidential candidate.”
In what is tantamount to an endorsement, the article is a response to Trump stating that he would back out of South Korea and not intervene in a potential war with communist North Korea, which the author suggested was “fortunate from North Koreans’ perspective?”
Written by self-described Chinese North Korean scholar Han Yong-mook, the op-ed is not official policy, the Huffington Post reported.
“There are many positive aspects to Trump’s ‘inflammatory policies,’” Yong-mook wrote.
Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in March that he would consider pulling U.S. troops from the Korean peninsula.
“We are better off frankly if South Korea is going to start protecting itself … they have to protect themselves or they have to pay us,” Trump said at the time.
“Yes, do it now,” the editorial said of the possibility. “Who knew that the slogan ‘Yankee Go Home’ would come true like this?”
The editorial also mentioned Trump saying last month he was willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
And while it’s hard to know what motivation North Korea has for interfering with the U.S. presidential election, the editorial most certainly chose Trump over “dull Hillary.”
“The president that US citizens must vote for is not the dull Hillary who claimed to adapt the Iranian model to resolve nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula,” Yong-mook said, “but Trump who spoke of holding direct conversation with North Korea.”
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