North Korea apparently is so confused by President Donald Trump that it’s asking US experts for help understanding him.
According to a Washington Post report on Tuesday, government officials have been soliciting, via various back channels, US experts with ties to the Republican Party for informal talks.
North Korea’s questions include why Trump’s closest advisers, such as Defence Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, directly contradicting the president so often.
The Post said North Korea had contacted people including Bruce Klingner, a former CIA analyst who now works at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, and Douglas H. Paal, who served on the National Security Council under the Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Trump addressing the United Nations, a speech in which he nicknamed Kim “Rocket Man.” Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
Evans Revere, a former State Department official who has taken part in bilateral talks with North Korea, said: “My own guess is that they are somewhat puzzled as to the direction in which the US is going, so they’re trying to open up channels to take the pulse in Washington. They haven’t seen the US act like this before.”
The two countries have threatened nuclear war against each other this past week, with Trump tweeting that Kim Jong Un and his foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, “won’t be around much longer.”
Source: News agencies