Kim Jong Un Strategy: Slam Everyone except Trump
SEOUL: North Korea has directed a wave of criticism at top White House officials, as talks with United States have stalled. But one person Pyongyang hasn’t criticized Donald Trump.
Pattern reflects North Korea’s apparent preference to continue negotiating directly with Trump, who has taken a more conciliatory approach to nuclear talks than many of his deputies.
It also appears to be a carefully calibrated effort by North Korea to increase negotiating pressure on U.S. without completely derailing the talks.
“They’re good at drawing the line,” says David Kim, who specializes in East Asia security policy at the Washington-based Stimson Center. “As long as they don’t bash Trump, we’ll be OK.”
North Korea has bashed plenty of other U.S. officials in recent weeks.