April 27, 2016 10:02
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "has no intention of going to war," according to his father's former sushi chef.
Kenji Fujimoto, a frequent welcome visitor to the North despite his garrulous tendencies, made the claim in front of Japanese reporters on Tuesday after a recent trip to Pyongyang.
"I met Kim Jong-un for about three hours," Fujimoto said. "Kim said to me, 'The U.S. picks fault with us whenever diplomats make contact with them. We're firing missiles out of anger.'"
That comfortably fits the North Korean propaganda that the regime is only defending itself against U.S. "aggression."
"After drinking red wine together, Kim asked me what Japan thinks of him. I said to him, 'Worst.' Then Kim said with a nod, 'Is that right?'"
Fujimoto worked as a sushi chef for former leader Kim Jong-il for 13 years. He is one of the few foreigners who watched Kim Jong-un grow up.
He visited Pyongyang on April 12-23, where he claims he had dinner with Kim, his younger sister Yo-jong, and party secretary Choe Ryong-hae.
"I waited at the entrance of the Koryo Hotel and was surprised to find Kim driving a Mercedes-Benz to the hotel himself," Fujimoto said.
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