'He doesn't play games' - Donald Trump praises 'incredible' Kim Jong-un for firm hand with executed uncle
Days after North Korea's latest nuclear test, Republican front-runner says North Korean dictator "doesn't play games"
Published 11/01/2016 | 06:54
Donald Trump has praised the leadership style of North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un, for the “amazing” way he murders political rivals.
During a Republican political rally in Iowa at the weekend, he repeated his assertion that Muslims should not be allowed to enter the US before turning his attention to the North Korean despot, who has carried out frequent purges of officials.
“You’ve got to give him credit. How many young guys - he was like 26 or 25 when his father died - take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden... he goes in, he takes over, he’s the boss,” said Mr Trump, known for his own less than subtle style of leadership in the American version of The Apprentice.
“It’s incredible. He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one. This guy doesn’t play games.”
His comments appear to be a reference to the disappearance of Jang Song Taek, who married the sister of Kim's father and predecessor as supreme leader, Kim Jong-Il.
He was accused of being a counter-revolutionary, was stripped abruptly of all his posts and his image digitally removed from regime photographs. North Korea announced his execution following conviction by a special military tribunal.
Mr Trump's comments came days after Pyongyang claimed it had detonated a hydrogen bomb for the first time – a claim treated with scepticism by many analysts.
The nuclear test was followed by celebrations in North Korea.
The US responded by sending a nuclear-capable B-52 long-range bomber on a low-level flight over South Korea in a show of strength.
This was not the first time Mr Trump has been complimentary about an enemy of the US. He recently accepted praise from Vladimir Putin, returning the sentiment by saying it was a “great honour to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond”.