Hillary Clinton blasts Kim Jong Un as 'sadistic dictator'

The Democratic presidential front-runner slammed North Korea and Trump in the same speech.

By Elizabeth Shim
Hillary Clinton blasts Kim Jong Un as 'sadistic dictator'
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivered a speech on foreign policy in San Diego, Calif, on Thursday. Clinton condemned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and stressed the importance of U.S. allies. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

SAN DIEGO, June 3 (UPI) -- Hillary Clinton called Kim Jong Un a "sadistic dictator" during a speech that also described presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump as "unfit" for the presidency.

Clinton's remarks about the reclusive North Korean dictator came at a point during her presentation in San Diego on Thursday, when she stressed the importance of "America's network of allies."


"Allies provide staging areas for our military, so we can respond quickly to events on the other side of the world," Clinton said. "Take the threat posed by North Korea – perhaps the most repressive regime on the planet, run by a sadistic dictator who wants to develop long-range missiles that could carry a nuclear weapon to the United States."

"When I was secretary of state, we worked closely with our allies Japan and South Korea to respond to this threat, including by creating a missile defense system that stands ready to shoot down a North Korean warhead, should its leaders ever be reckless enough to launch one at us."

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Clinton's statements on North Korea were tied to her denunciation of Trump, and what she described as his "bizarre fascination with dictators and strongmen who have no love for America."


"[Trump] said, 'You've got to give Kim Jong Un credit' for taking over North Korea – something he did by murdering everyone he saw as a threat, including his own uncle, which Donald described gleefully, like he was recapping an action movie," Clinton said in San Diego on Thursday.

Clinton also described Trump as "unprepared" and "temperamentally unfit" to hold office. Kim, too, has been described as temperamental, according to sources who know him.

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Kim's grip on power has grown with purges and executions, and he has also been sustaining the regime with calls for mass mobilizations of the work force.

Pyongyang's KCNA reported Friday North Korea has again called for a "200-day mass battle" to realize national economic goals.

The workforce mobilization will ignite the "flames of propaganda" and ideology, North Korea stated.

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Ordinary North Koreans have complained about the authoritarian work orders.

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