President Donald Trump is a man that just says what is on his mind. The subject of his attacks range from Democratic opponents to other dictators. Perhaps none have seen that more than North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un.
However, there are people that seem to believe that Trump is wrong about the North Korean dictator, essentially outing Trump. According to the Washington Times, an “influential” officer of the CIA said that Kim Jong Un is a “very rational actor” who doesn’t really want war with the United States.
Yong Suk Lee, the deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center released a statement of his own. “The last person who wants conflict on the [Korean Peninsula] is Kim Jong-un.”
Lee, who isn’t known for making public statements, said Kim Jong Un just “wants what all authoritarian rulers want … to rule for a very long time and die peacefully in his own bed.” That is incredibly difficult to believe as the Hermit Kingdom has performed nuclear test after nuclear test.
According to Lee, it wouldn’t be “conducive to his longevity” to engage in a war with the United States. He continued on, “If you look at [Kim’s] strategic calculus, why would he want to threaten the U.S.? Probably because he wants to keep us out of his sandbox.”
So it sounds like a battle is brewing between the CIA and the President of the United States. Why else would Lee make these statements?
Especially considering that back in August Trump said that North Korea would be hit with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if they were to continue their nuclear ways.
Trump has also called the North Korean dictator a “madman” through his twitter account. He has also called him “Rocket Man” during a speech at the United Nations.
Even though China has listened to the United States a little, with regards to the sanctions on the country, Lee decided to focus on that in addition to butting heads with Trump.
“China still accounts for 90 percent of North Korean trade. China still provides the life-line crude oil to North Korea.”
It’s safe to say that this battle between the President and the CIA isn’t going to go away anytime soon.