GETTYKim Jong-un is not afraid of Donald Trump despite escalating tensions between the two nations
Jon Wolfsthal, who served in the White House under former president Barack Obama, believes that after years of tensions North Korea sees the threats from the US as empty.
Mr Wolfsthal said: “Kim has learned plenty from us in his short life, and probably absorbed plenty of advice from his late father.
“He is likely to view Donald Trump much like his predecessors—as a president who doesn’t like North Korea’s nuclear capabilities but with few realistic options for stopping it.
“After almost 30 years of efforts to prevent a nuclear North Korea, we have demonstrated some patterns; patterns that Kim relies on to guide his decision-making, just as we have come to rely on his patterns to inform ours.”
Numerous attempts with sanctions and possible agreements has been seen as little more than a slap on the wrist for North Korea over its nuclear programme.
Trying to get into the mind of the North Korean dictator, the former White Houe official said: “The United States says it is unacceptable for us to have a nuclear weapon, but they seem to be accepting it. We are still here.
“So, America wants a deal, and all we have to do is wait them out until we can get one we like. Our negotiating leverage goes up every day.”
He continued: “America talks about military options, but they are not going to start a war with us.
GETTYKim Jong-un the threats from the US as empty, according to the ex-White House staffer
He is likely to view Donald Trump much like his predecessors—as a president who doesn’t like North Korea’s nuclear capabilities but with few realistic options for stopping it
“If they did not attack us when we didn’t have nuclear weapons and missile that could reach them, they are not going to do it now. The world’s largest economy is not going to risk it all to destroy little ol’ us.”
According to Wolfsthal he believes that North Korea sees the US as “losing ground in the region”.
He said: “They can talk about a pivot to Asia all they want, but as time goes on, China gets stronger and South Korea and Japan are going to have to decide which side they are on. China is not going anywhere, and neither are we.”
And North Korea has not been as financially-starved as the West believes and the despot nation still has hope to be prosperous with new deals with China and Africa.
The news comes as Kim Jong-un has ordered his military to blast more ballistic missiles following the nation’s latest rocket launches.
The dictator vowed his recent missile launches were "the first step of the military operation of the Korean People's Army in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam”.
Kim oversaw an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) launch on Tuesday which fired over Japan and despite breaking to pieces, he claimed the rocket was a warning to the US and South Korea over their “provocative” military drills.
North Korea v USA explosive latest picturesWed, September 20, 2017
Images depict how tensions have escalated between North Korea and the United States. Kim Jong-Un boasted of North Korea's ability to strike any target in the US after a second ICBM test that weapons experts said could even bring New York into range - in a potent challenge to President Donald Trump
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North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Hwasong-14 being lauched at an undisclosed place in North Korea
US and South Korea prepare for war against North KoreaMon, August 21, 2017
The South Korean and US military forces joint exercise is held from 21 to 31 August, to prepare for possible North Korean attacks
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Emergency service members and volunteers take part in a mock hostage situation during an anti-terror drill in Goyang
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