Russian state television has claimed US President Donald Trump is more dangerous than North Korea’s supreme commander, Kim Jong-un, in an apparent indication that Moscow’s opinion of the Republican has shifted.
State media in the country greeted the election of the bombastic property tycoon in November warmly, yet decisions by Mr Trump since coming into office have seen the two administrations come into conflict.
Relations slid after Mr Trump dropped a bomb on Afghanistan, accused Moscow of seizing Crimea by force and launched a missile strike against forces belonging to Russian ally Bashar al-Assad.
News presenter Dmitry Kiselyov who is known for his pro-Kremlin stance, said on his weekly TV news show ‘Vesti Nedeli’: “The world is a hair’s breadth from nuclear war.
“War can break out as a result of confrontation between two personalities: Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Both are dangerous, but who is more dangerous? Trump is.”
Mr Kiselyov also said Mr Trump was “more impulsive and unpredictable” than the North Korean leader. He added that both men shared the characteristics of having “limited international experience, unpredictability, and a readiness to go to war.”
Mr Kiselyov added Kim Jong-un was less scary than the US president because he was ready for talks, had not attacked other countries, and had not sent a naval armada to the US coast.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov declined to say whether Mr Kiselyov’s views agreed with the Kremlin’s, saying: “His position is close, but not every time.”
“He (Kim Jong-un) is after all on his home territory. He doesn’t…
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