North Korean defector Yeonmi Park told Hill.TV’s “Rising” that President Trump is wrong to claim that Kim Jong Un “loves his people,” saying Kim “uses starvation as a tool to control the country” and that if Trump’s claim “was true, why would I even be here?”
“If that was true, why would I even be here? I would not be sitting in this place,” Park told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball.
“Kim Jong Un loves the power that his country gives him, and that power he can get from people. But he doesn’t love people,” Park said.
“He uses starvation as a tool to control the country. He has enough resources and power to build the nukes, so it does not make any sense that he cannot feed his own people,” she added.
“I don’t know where Trump gets that idea, that he loves people,” Park said. “He killed his own brother.”
The Hill added:
Trump made the remark to Voice of America’s Greta Van Susteren after his historic summit with the North Korean leader this week, also praising Kim’s “great personality” despite the numerous human rights abuses Kim’s government is accused of perpetrating.
“Really, he’s got a great personality,” Trump told Van Susteren. “He’s a funny guy, he’s very smart, he’s a great negotiator.”
Trump added in the interview that Kim “loves his people.”
“His country does love him,” Trump said in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
“You see the fervor” the North Koreans have for Kim, he said in the interview with ABC.
“They’re gonna put it together, and I think they’re going to end up with a very strong country, and a country which has people — that they’re so hard working, so industrious,” Trump added.