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Analyst: Pompeo's criticism of Kim Jong-un an exercise in hypocrisy

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) and former CIA director Mike Pompeo.

An American journalist said that he was "astonished that Mike Pompeo would make a statement condescending about the morality of another person when he gladly accepted the job as the head of the CIA, which created more misery for more millions of people than any other in the history of the world.”

New York-based radio host and political commentator Don DeBar said in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday that Pompeo's criticism of North Korean leader Kim Jung-un is an exercise in hypocrisy

DeBar made the remarks while commenting on a statement made by former US secretary of state and CIA director Pompeo in his new memoir, “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love,” which is set to be released on January 24.

Pompeo wrote that his secret meeting with the North Korean leader in 2018 began with a “joke about the assassination.”

“This small, sweating, evil man tried to break the ice with all the charm you would expect from a mass murderer. ‘Mr. Director,’ he opened, ‘I didn’t think you’d show up. I know you’ve been trying to kill me,’” reads Pompeo’s memoir, which Fox News obtained a copy of.   

“My team and I had prepared for this moment, but ‘a joke about assassination’ was not on the list of ‘things he may say when he greets you.’ But I was, after all, director of the CIA, so maybe his bon mot made sense,” he added.

DeBar commented, “That evil, stinking man - who had no problem taking charge of the agency that's created more misery for more millions of people than any other in the history of the world - now has the nerve to pretend that he has a heart and is morally superior to another human being.”  

“Some of us are aware of the fact that the US government, in pursuit of global hegemony, took over the Japanese occupation of Korea as a foothold on the Asian continent and then attempted to grab the rest of the nation, leveling the entire infrastructure of the civilization that had developed on that peninsula over the course of a thousand years. Certainly, the people of Korea remember these facts. And just as certainly we know who Pompeo is, what the CIA has done,” he stated.

Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea in April 2018.

The extraordinary meeting between one of then-US President Donald Trump's most trusted officials and Kim was part of an effort to lay the groundwork for direct talks between Trump and Kim about North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the Washington Post reported.

Pompeo's visit to the North was arranged by then-South Korean intelligence chief Suh Hoon with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol. The meeting was intended to assess whether Kim was prepared to hold serious talks.

Trump had previously acknowledged that Washington and Pyongyang were in contact at "very high levels."

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