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CIA: Kim Jong Un a 'Rational Actor,' not a Trump 'Madman'

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches missile launch.  (AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 06 Oct 2017 09:54 AM

A CIA officer said Kim Jong Un is a "rational actor" and not a madman as described by President Donald Trump, according to comments made on Wednesday at George Washington University, Agence France-Presse reported.

Yong Suk Lee, the deputy assistant director of the CIA's Korea Mission Center, said during a conference at the school that Kim, who has ruled North Korea since the death of his father Kim Jong Il in 2011, is a "rational actor" whose primary focus is to stay in power, AFP said.

"There's a clarity of purpose in what Kim Jong Un has done," Lee said, per U.S. News & World Report. "The last person who wants conflict on the peninsula is actually Kim Jong Un. We have a tendency in this country and elsewhere to underestimate the conservatism that runs in these authoritarian regimes."

Lee added, according to AFP, that Kim "wants to rule for a long time and die in his own bed."

Trump and Kim have been involved in a war of words that escalated last month with Trump's statement to the United Nations, saying that the U.S. would "totally destroy" the reclusive country if provoked.

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," Trump told the U.N. on Sept. 19. "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary."

Kim responded with his own form of name calling on official North Korea media several days later.

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire," Kim said, according to The Atlantic. "The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the U.N. arena the unethical will to 'totally destroy' a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure."

Lee said, though, Kim's concerns are closer to home, where his regime was blamed for the murder of his half-brother Kim Jong Nam earlier this year, AFP said.

Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong are on trial for allegedly smearing poison VX on Kim Jong Nam's face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb 13, AFP said.

"All politics is local," Lee said at the conference, per AFP. "North Korea is a political organism that thrives on confrontation."

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