Washington: As tension between two Koreas continued to simmer, US Republican frontrunner for the White House 2016 Donald Trump described North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “either a mad or a genius”.
Trump's comments come as South Korea and North Korea, despite agreeing to talk to each other to resolve the standoff, remain adamant on their stance.
While North has threatened South of military action if it did not stop anti-Pyongyang propaganda messages at the border, Seoul has made it clear that it first wants an apology from North.
Speaking on a US radio show, Trump spoke on the issue of North-South tussle mocking Kim Jong Un and also questioning why was the US not receiving anything in return of protecting Seoul, reported the Independent.
Saying that Kim Jong Un fared worse than his father Kim Jong Il, Donald said, "we have this mad guy, I guess he's mad, either he's mad or he's a genius, one or the other, but he's actually more unstable, even than his father, they say”.
"You know it’s heating up again...So, we send our ships,” Donald told radio presenter Mick Murphy.
"They're making a fortune. So, we send our troops, we're getting ready to go in there and defend them. And we get nothing! It's like crazy. We get nothing. Why are we getting nothing? Why aren't they helping us, okay? We help them," the Independent quoted Trump as saying on the radio.
Donald contended that it was “stupid” of America to “go and defend everything” and get nothing in return in spite of South Korea being a “rich nation”.
"How many people can we defend?" Mr Trump asked. "Why are we defending everybody? And these are rich nations. South Korea makes billions and billions. We get nothing. We are like the stupid people that go and defend everybody," he was quoted as saying by the Independent.