“Trump is Dangerous and More Unpredictable than Kim Jong-un”, Says Kremlin Propagandist

December 7, 2017
Screen grab from Vesti nedeli [News of the Week] show hosted by Dmitry Kiselyov. The sign says "Covers the US," referring to North Korea's nuclear missiles.

Update: The top Kremlin TV propagandist has said “Trump is dangerous” over North Korea.

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“Trump is Dangerous and More Unpredictable than Kim Jong-un”, Says Kremlin Propagandist

Screen grab from Vesti nedeli with Dmitry Kiselyov showing a North Korean missile firing with the caption “covers the USA”. 

There have been many signs of “buyers’ remorse” from the Kremlin over US President Donald Trump, but perhaps the starkest pronouncement has come from top Kremlin propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov – in typical over-the-top style –claiming that Trump is “dangerous” and “more unpredictable” than North Korea’s despotic leader Kim Jong-un.

On his talk show last Sunday, December 3, Kiselyov almost gloated as he reported on North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test November 30 that can “cover the US”, as he put it, using that phrase as the poster for this segment.

In a context of decades of tensions, Trump has made increasingly insulting tweets against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and has said the U.S. “would have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” says Kiselyov – leaving out the context, which was that the US would retaliate if Pyongyang first launched a nuclear weapon at the US.

North Korea keeps increasing its missile arsenal despite UN and U.S. sanctions.

In a UN
speech, Trump called North Korean leader “a sick puppy,” says
Kiselyov, but even if this is true, now “the ‘sick puppy’ has driven the
U.S. into a corner.”

a sensation that Trump’s tweets suddenly stopped — or their influence on the
public stopped,” said Kiselyov. And Kim could care less about Trump’s
insults, adds Kiselyov.

has no choice to build up his weapons, says Kiselyov, given the experience of
Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi, who closed his nuclear program under American pressure and Iraq’s
Saddam Hussein, who renounced weapons of mass destruction.

doesn’t keep its word,” he complains. Therefore, “For better or worse,
North Korea’s missiles deter everyone,” says Kiselyov pragmatically.

“Is Trump
dangerous?” asks Kiselyov, reviewing Trump’s statements about North Krea.
“Yes, he is,” he decides.

because he is “more inclined than Kim to launch war missiles,”
recalling Trump’s order to fire Tomahawks
in Syria after seeing photos of victims of chemical warfare.

Second, the
US has no strategy for North Korea, “no effective decisions and no
effective lines,” says Kiselyov. Sanctions “simply don’t work.”

Third, the
U.S. “is not inclined to coordinate its actions with other serious
actors,” frets Kiselyov.

The U.S.
merely wants China to put more pressure on North Korea, but won’t listen to
Chinese — or Russian — proposals, such as to freeze maneuvers, he says.

there is the “rift” between U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and
U.S. President Donald Trump, noting that “journalists have already
dismissed him” with reports that he was fired, and the State Department
“even admits the disagreements” with the White House.

“I never
recall such a thing,” marvels Kiselyov.

This makes
US actions “even more unpredictable,” says Kiselyov. Experts
already estimate a “10-15 % chance” of war with North Korea which is
“a great deal,” he warns.

Kiselyov also ran a special report by correspondent Alexey
Petrov from South Korea saying tensions were mounting but residents weren’t

Russian Korea expert Prof. Andrei Lankov in Seoul said that North
Korea had to guarantee its own security by ensuring the ability to launch a
nuclear missile in any direction. He said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
wasn’t irrational, as the West often portrays him, but in fact “quite
rational” if brutal.

Now that North Korean missiles may reach US territory, the
US has called for “economic strangulation,” says Petrov. The South
Korean leadership hopes to deter the Trump administration from unilateral
actions, he concluded.

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick 

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