Outspoken U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has claimed in a book that he would be willing to bomb North Korea’s nuclear facilities if he became president.
Trump said he would advocate a surgical strike if negotiations failed to negate the threat of a nuclear attack by the rogue nation on U.S. cities.
Trump is a successful business man inthe real estate market and is recognized for his art of negotiating a deal. He also has experience as a judge on the TV reality show, The Apprentice.
The Donald recently said that he admired the young dictator Kim Jong-un for taking over the reigns of power in North Korea after his father died; with such ease and brutal grace that would put many other apprentice dictators to shame.
He wrote: “What would I do in North Korea? Fair question. It’s easy to point out the problem, but what should be done to solve it? Am I ready to bomb this reactor? You’re damned right.”
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee added: “As an experienced negotiator, I can tell you that negotiation with these madmen will be fruitless once they have the ability to lob a nuclear missile into Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York.
“I don’t advocate thermonuclear war, but if negotiations fail, I advocate a surgical strike against these outlaws before they pose a real threat.”
The outspoken presidential candidatesaid he is not trigger-happy but “as President I would be prepared to order a strike – using conventional weapons – against North Korean targets if it prevented nuclear blackmail or the nuclear destruction of the U.S. population”.
In the book, written in 2000, he added: “A surgical strike would not only put out the fire in North Korea, but it would also send a message around the world that the United States is going to eliminate any serious threat to its security.”
It is unclear if the brash businessman still advocates strikes on the secretive state but has referred to the despot as a “madman” and a “maniac”.
But Trump has also praised the dictator for killing his rivals to stay in power.
He said the tyrant deserves “credit” for ruthlessly executing his generals, one of which was own uncle.
Speaking at a Republican rally in January, Mr Trump said: “You’ve got to give him credit. How many young guys — he was like 26 or 25 when his father died — take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden — you know, it’s pretty amazing when you think of it. How does he do that?”