Bill Richardson on MSNBC: Kim Jong-Un ‘the Victim’ of Bad Press

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 4.36.32 PMOn the heels of the White House’s decision to impose further financial sanctions on North Korea this afternoon, former New Mexico governor and UN ambassador, Bill Richardson, had on some controversial remarks on the Hermit Kingdom and its leader.

“He’s been the victim, Kim Jong-Un, of a lot of bad press, a lot of bad international attention — with the Sony hacking, taken to the international criminal court by some UN countries,” Richardson told Ayman Mohyeldin on MSNBC’s “NewsNation” with Tamron Hall. “A number of other very destabilizing moves he’s made — shooting the missiles, nuclear testing. So, perhaps what he’s doing is saying, look, I’m gonna start the new year with a positive step, a potential summit. Ayman, my only point here is they’re so unpredictable, you don’t know where this guy is coming from. You can’t put too much stock into what he is doing, but let’s give it a chance.”

Maybe one of Kim’s new year’s resolutions was to take it easy on the whole ruthless dictator thing? To be fair, Richardson did not seem to be suggesting that Kim’s bad press was unwarranted, however, referring to him as a “victim” in any capacity is poor phrasing on his part.

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