Donald Trump on Kim Jong Un: 'You've got to give him credit' video


US presidential hopeful Donald Trump says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un deserves some credit for his leadership.

If Donald Trump harbours perhaps a modicum of admiration for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, he came close to acknowledging it at a rally in Iowa at the weekend.

The billionaire businessman, who is seeking the Republican nomination for President of the US, praised the despotic dictator for his ruthlessness in dispatching with political opponents.

Trump used his inflammatory speech to say the US should potentially sanction China unless it reined in the North Korean regime. China had also perpetrated "one of the great thefts in the history of the world" on the US economy, he claimed.

The billionaire businessman expressed some admiration for the dictator's ruthlessness in dispatching with political ...

The billionaire businessman expressed some admiration for the dictator's ruthlessness in dispatching with political opponents.

"If you look at North Korea, this guy – I mean, he's like a maniac, ok, and you gotta give him credit," Trump said. "How many young guys – he was like 26 or 25 when his father died – take over these tough generals? You know, it's pretty amazing when you think about it. How does he do that?"

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The 69-year-old, who has for many months led the densely-populated field of rivals for the GOP nod, said Mr Kim's rise to power had been "incredible" and that he should not be taken lightly.

"He goes in, he takes over and he's the boss. It's incredible. He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one – I mean, this guy doesn't play games. And we can't play games with him. Because he really does have missiles and he really does have nukes."

The speech came days after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) claimed to have detonated a hydrogen bomb at an underground test site in the country's far north-east. The explosion was first detected as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake by the US Geological Survey.

This most recent nuclear test has set off a wave of commentary about how the rogue state should be contained. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop joined the chorus of international condemnation, saying Pyongyang's actions "fly in the face of international non-proliferation norms", and threaten the security of Australia's regional friends.

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As is customary in times of crisis, many pairs of eyes have looked to the US, which has 28,000 troops stationed in South Korea to assist the country with its defence.

But Trump has made the argument that Kim should be dealt with by China rather than the US. In a wide-ranging interview with CNN, he said sanctions should be imposed on China if it failed to act decisively against its long-term ally.

"They have total control. Without China, they [North Koreans] wouldn't be able to eat," Trump said. "So China has to get involved and China has to solve that problem, and we should put pressure on China to solve the problem.

He said China could handle the DPRK "easily" but the US had failed to exert enough power over its chief economic rival.

"They're taunting us, they're playing games with us. I do it all the time, that's the way I deal in business," said Trump.

"China should solve that problem and if they don't solve that problem we should be very tough on them with trade, meaning start charging them tax, or start cutting them off. You'd have China collapse in about two minutes. We have great power over China, we just don't know how to use it."

And at the Iowa rally on Saturday, the prospective Republican nominee lashed out at Beijing for perpetrating what he described as a massive heist of American money and jobs.

"They have taken so much of our money with trade. They have taken everything. They have taken our jobs, our money, they've taken our base, they've taken so much," Trump said.

"Literally, it's one of the great thefts in the history of the world, what they've done to our country."

 - SMH

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