- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

An official North Korean state media outlet on Tuesday endorsed Donald Trump for U.S. president, calling the presumptive Republican nominee a “wise politician” who will take a hands off approach to North-South Korean relations.

“In my personal opinion, there are many positive aspects to the Trump’s ‘inflammatory policies,’” Chinese North Korean scholar Han Yong Mook wrote in an editorial for DPRK Today, a tourism propaganda website.

“Trump said ‘he will not get involved in the war between the South and the North,’ isn’t this fortunate from North Koreans’ perspective?” Mr. Han asked, according to NK News, a Washington-D.C.-based North Korea news website.

Mr. Han referred to Mr. Trump’s speech in March to potentially pull U.S. military troops out of South Korea if the country does not pay more for its defense costs.

“Yes do it, now,” Mr. Han wrote. “Who knew that the slogan ‘Yankee Go Home’ would come true like this? The day when the ‘Yankee Go Home’ slogan becomes real would be the day of Korean Unification.”

The article also called Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton “dull Hillary” and slammed her Korean peninsula policy.

“The president that U.S. citizens must vote for is not that dull Hillary — who claimed to adapt the Iranian model to resolve nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula — but Trump, who spoke of holding direct conversation with North Korea,” Mr. Han argued.

A researcher said the unprecedented editorial indicated Pyongyang’s wish to break through Washington’s strategic patience policy, NK News reported.

“He’s the Dennis Rodman of American politics — quirky, flamboyant, risk-taking. At the moment he’s also an outsider. But Pyongyang is hoping that either he’ll be elected (and follows through on his pledges) or that his pronouncements will change the political game in the United States and influence how the Democratic party and mainstream Republicans view Korean issues,” John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy In Focus, told NK News.

Aidan Foster-Carter of the University of Leeds told NK News the endorsement was “very striking.”

“Admittedly it is not exactly Pyongyang speaking, or at least not the DPRK government in an official capacity,” Mr. Foster-Carter said. “But it is certainly Pyongyang flying a kite, or testing the waters. For the rest of us, this is a timely reminder — if it were needed — of just how completely Trump plans to tear up established U.S. policy in the region; and what an irresponsible, unthinking menace the man is.”

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