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North Korea State Media Call Trump 'Wise Politician'

by VOA News June 01, 2016

As the Republican party starts to coalesce around presumptive nominee Donald Trump, one endorsement has come from an unlikely place: North Korea.

An editorial on the state-run DPRK Today website called the billionaire candidate a "wise politician" and implied a Trump presidency would be beneficial to North Korea.

"It turns out that Trump is not the rough-talking, screwy, ignorant candidate they say he is, but is actually a wise politician and a prescient presidential candidate," said the column,which was penned by a China-based Korean scholar identified as Han Yong Muk.

The same editorial slammed Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton calling her "dull."

Trump has said he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un and has stated he would be open to removing U.S. troops from South Korea, something the North would welcome.

North Korea has long wanted U.S. troops out of the south, seeing it as a first step toward reunification

The editorial implied Trump would not want the U.S. involved in a conflict between the two countries which was "fortunate from North Koreans' perspective."

While state run, the DPRK Today site is not as authoritative as other outlets.

Still Aidan Foster-Carter of Leeds University, a Korean scholar, told the NK News website that the editorial was "very striking."

"Admittedly it is not exactly Pyongyang speaking, but it is certainly Pyongyang flying a kite, or testing the waters", he said.

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