Indicating Moscow’s change of opinion on the Republican President, Russian state television has claimed that Donald Trump is more dangerous than North Korea’s communist dictator, Kim Jon-un, and is unpredictable enough to bring the world to war in the North Korean crisis.
According to Dmitry Kiselyov, the Kremlin’s top TV mouthpiece and the head of Russian government-owned international news agency Rossiya Segodnya, the riskiest is Donald Trump. “Trump is more impulsive and unpredictable than Kim Jong Un,” he told viewers of his prime-time Sunday ‘Vesti Nedelyi’ programme.
The same show in the Russian TV earlier this year carried paeans to Trump for his pledge to warm up relations with Russia and hailed him as just the kind of leader the world needed, the Bloomberg reported. However, it pronounced that Trump “more dangerous” than his North Korean counterpart.
“The world is a hair’s breadth from nuclear war. War can break out as a result of confrontation between two personalities; Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un. ...Both are dangerous, but who is more dangerous? Trump is,” Kiselyov said.
The deputy director of Russian state TV holding company VGTRK also added that both men had ‘limited international experience, unpredictability, and a readiness to go to war’.
“He (Kim Jong-un) is after all on his home territory. He doesn't plan to attack anyone just for the sake of it,” Kiselyov, who once said Moscow could turn the United States into radioactive ash, added.
However, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov declined to endorse Kiselyov’s views, but added “His position is close, but not every time.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Monday urged the US to avoid any unilateral use of force against North Korea, warning this would be “a very risky course of action” and comparing it to the US missile strike earlier this month on Syria, which Moscow denounced as aggression.
Following Trump’s threats, Deputy foreign minister of North Korea, Sin Hong-chol, has warned Washington that his country’s nuclear weapons are ‘not an illusion’.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Sin Hong-chol said Donald Trump’s administration “should look at the world with open eyes” and the “time of dictating orders by brandishing the US military might has gone.”
If those businessmen in power in the US thought of intimidating us by any military or sanction threats - as the Obama administration used to do and failed - they will soon find out such threats are useless. If we notice any sign of assault on our sovereignty, our army will launch merciless military strikes against the US aggressors, wherever they may exist, from the remote US lands to the American military bases on the Korean peninsula, such as those of Japan and elsewhereSin Hong-chol, Deputy foreign minister of North Korea
“The nuclear weapon in our possession is not illusion; it is not a commodity that may be traded for American dollars - nor is it for sale. So it cannot be put on the negotiating table with the aim to rip it off,” he added.