President Trump called him a “madman” — but a top CIA spook said Wednesday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was a “very rational actor” who didn’t want a war with the US despite his bellicose rhetoric.
“The last person who wants conflict on the [Korean Peninsula] is Kim Jong Un,” said Yong Suk Lee, deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center — a special agency outfit that deals with the increased nuclear and ballistic missile threat from Pyongyang.
Lee’s comments came at the CIA Ethos & Profession of Intelligence conference in Washington, an annual event, the Washington Times reported.
Kim, 35, “wants what all authoritarian rulers want … to rule for a very long time and die peacefully in his own bed,” Lee said.
“We have a tendency in this country and everywhere else to kind of underestimate the conservatism that runs in these authoritarian regimes, and it’s probably the greatest circuit breaker in any kind of conflict,” he said.
All “bluster and rhetoric aside,” Kim has “no interest in going toe to toe” with the US military and its allies.
Kim’s “long-term goal is very clear, [and] it’s been clear for the history of the Kim family regime, to come to some kind of big-power agreement with the United States and remove US forces from the peninsula,” Lee said.
Trump and Kim — who reportedly has had his perceived enemies, including family members, executed in gruesome fashion — have been engaged in an escalating war of words for months.
Kim called Trump “deranged” and a “dotard” — which means someone who’s lost their marbles — while Trump dubbed the dictator “Little Rocket Man” and threatened to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Kim didn’t watch his step.
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