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Trump, North Korea exercise bluffs and intimidation similarly: Analyst

US President Donald Trump is unconventional and asymmetrical in his foreign policy, exercising intimidation and bluffs to gain political leverage over opponents, says a political analyst in California.

Scott Bennett, a former US army psychological warfare officer, told Press TV in an interview on Tuesday that he agrees with James Clapper, America’s former top spy, who recently said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "may have met his match" in US President Donald Trump's unconventional style of diplomacy.

Bennett said both the administration in Washington and Pyongyang have similar unconventional foreign policy tactics, but he doubts that the North Korean leader will succumb to Trump’s tactics.

“He [Kim Jong-un] is not going to be intimidated by [US National Security Advisor] John Bolton or any of those characters that Trump is deploying.”

 Bennett said he speculates that after the current “bluff session” between the two leaders, the two sides will ultimately meet but this does not mean the North will surrender to US demands.

The North will demand the US withdraw from the Korean peninsula and guarantee the regime’s security in exchange for denuclearization, he said

Clapper: Kim 'may have met his match' in Trump

Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said in an interview with CNN that the June 12 summit between Trump and Kim must take place. Trump abruptly canceled the meeting last week but which he has since said was "moving along very nicely.”

"This is typical ... Two steps forward, one step back. That's what [the North Koreans] always do," Clapper said on Sunday. "And in some ways Kim Jong-un may have met his match here with our very unconventional president."

"Having gone this far, there's value in meeting and greeting, gripping and grinning and just establishing a rapport," Clapper said. "Yes, I think it would be important to have the summit."

He said that both the United States and North Korea should establish an initial diplomatic presence below the level of embassy for better communication.


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