Experts Say

Trump tweets and nuclear risk on Korean Peninsula

Japan Today
February 24, 2017
By Jeffrey Lewis

A decade ago, U.S. diplomats were repeatedly frustrated by then President Bush’s off-the-cuff remarks about Kim Jong Il. Bush said he “loathed” Kim, calling him a “pygmy” and a “tyrant.” Bush ruined so many negotiations that Jack Pritchard, one of his top diplomats, told people that Bush suffered from an unusual disease called “Kim-Jong-Il-itis”—“a rare form of Tourette Syndrome in which, in an uncontrollable and unexplained manner, he will just explode and talk about Kim Jong Il; perhaps as his chief negotiator is, oh, say Tokyo, Beijing, talking up the advantages of a policy.”
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