Although senior North Korean officials have publicly stated that the nation’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un, refuses to participate in diplomatic talks with the United States until after they have confirmed their ability to hit America’s east coast with a nuclear strike, reports from the region seem to indicate that North Korean officials have begun reaching out, just not in the capacity the U.S. State Department likely hoped. It seems they have been contacting American diplomats and journalists in hopes of cutting through President Trump’s rhetoric to better understand the president’s position.
“They want to know if he’s crazy, or if this is just an act,” Suzanne DiMaggio, a foreign-policy expert who maintains a dialogue with some North Korean officials told Politico. “They really want to know what is his endgame … They follow the news very closely; they watch CNN 24/7; they read his tweets and other things,” said DiMaggio.
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