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Ex-U.S. nuclear negotiator likens Trump to N.K. leader

All News 04:18 June 09, 2016

WASHINGTON, June 8 (Yonhap) -- A former top U.S. nuclear negotiator with North Korea has likened Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, saying the real-estate tycoon's campaign is marked by bellicose nationalism.

Former Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, who led denuclearization talks with the North from 2005-2008, made the remark in a recent Project Syndicate article, saying Trump's nomination is "raising doubts about America's capacity to help lead the world through troubled times."

"Trump's campaign has been marked by bellicose nationalism and anti-immigrant proposals -- from the construction of a massive wall to keep out immigrants to a ban on all Muslims from entering the US -- as well as reckless criticisms of America's relations with friends and foes alike," Hill said in the article, titled "The Donald Trump of North Korea."

"With his blustery and reckless style, Trump seems to lack the knowledge, wisdom, and temperament needed to execute the steady stewardship that today's world requires. In that sense, he has quite a lot in common with the callow Kim -- except that, if Trump gains power, he will have control of a far more influential country," he said.

Hill said that the North's much-anticipated congress of the Workers' Party last month was a non-event, saying the rare meeting only dashed hopes that Kim would turn his attention to economic reform.

"In the time Kim spent avoiding discussing North Korea's shambolic economy, he made it abundantly clear that the country's real pride is its nuclear program," Hill said.

"Despite past pledges to abandon nuclear-weapons development, the government has lately been pursuing new research, evidently in the hope of proclaiming the achievement of some new technological milestone," he added.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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