Former Ambassador Christopher Hill suggested Sunday that President Donald Trump is “trying to out crazy Kim Jong Un” with his aggressive rhetoric against the totalitarian state.
“I think he’s trying to out-North Korean the North Koreans, so let’s see if that works,” Hill, a former ambassador to South Korea who led the Bush-era negotiations to get rid of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“Certainly it makes people nervous when they’re not quite sure what he means by it. And, you know, great powers can’t really bluff. So when you talk in those terms, you’ve got to be prepared to back it up. President Trump doesn’t have a follow-up strategy, and I guess that’s what worries people the most.”
The Trump administration is considering placing nuclear weapons in South Korea or assassinate dictator Kim Jong Un in response to North Korea’s provocations, NBC News reported earlier this month.
“That is a very dangerous move,” Hill, who later served as ambassador to Iraq under President Barack Obama, said. He also warned that the threat posed by North Korea now was greater than in the past because of the country’s recent successful missile tests.
“It’s a new generation of missiles, and clearly they’re working on a warhead design for nuclear devices,” Hill said. “So this is, I think, a very serious matter, and it’s coming down the tracks.”