November 15, 2017 11:31
North Korean officials have asked American Korea experts if U.S. President Donald Trump is really "crazy," Politico reported Monday.
Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation who has been engaged in "Track 1.5" dialogue with North Korean Foreign Ministry officials, told Politico, "They want to know if [Trump is] crazy, or if this is just an act."
They were apparently curious what weight Trump's "fire and fury" rhetoric against Pyongyang carries.
DiMaggio frequently travels to Oslo and Moscow for unofficial talks with North Korean officials.
She quoted them as asking, "Why should we begin negotiations with the Trump administration, when Donald Trump may not be president much longer?"
"They really want to know what is his end game... They follow the news very closely; they watch CNN 24/7; they read his tweets and other things. So, they're very much attuned to what he's doing, what he's saying," she added.
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