Hillary Clinton: ‘Picking fights with Kim Jong-un puts a smile on his face’

18 Oct

Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that “cavalier” threats to start war on the Korean peninsula are “dangerous and short-sighted“, urging the United States to get all parties to the negotiating table.

Mrs Clinton also called on China to take a “more out front role” in enforcing sanctions against North Korea aimed at curbing its missile and nuclear development.

“There is no need for us to be bellicose and aggressive (over North Korea),” said Mrs Clinton at a forum in the South Korean capital Seoul, stressing the need for greater pressure on North Korea and diplomacy to bring Pyongyang to talks.

Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have soared following a series of weapons tests by North Korea and a string of increasingly bellicose exchanges between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“Picking fights with Kim Jong-un puts a smile on his face,” Mrs Clinton said, but did not mention Mr Trump by name.

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