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Bush's 2-Faced Approach to Kim Jong Il
Bush has addressed the North Korean leader as 'Mr.' at a news conference but 'tyrant' in private
Kim Ji Soo (internews)     Print Article 
Published 2005-11-10 12:08 (KST)   
South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun met with U.S. President George W. Bush for a summit meeting at the Whitehouse on June 10, during which Bush referred to Kim Jong Il as a "tyrant" four times.
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In his June summit meeting with South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun, U.S. President George W. Bush, in private, called the North Korean leader Kim Jong Il a "tyrant" four times, various South Korean government officials told OhmyNews.

Bush addressed the North Korean leader as "Mr. Kim Jong Il" at the summit's news conference, a small concession that preceded the resumption of the stalled six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program. A fourth round of six-party talks, bringing together the United States, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea, and North Korea convened in Beijing on July 26 after a 13-month hiatus.

Officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told OhmyNews that it was at Roh's request that Bush used the word "Mr." at the news conference. Roh traveled to Washington D.C. in June for a working visit, in the wake of bilateral contact between North Korea and United States in New York for possible resumption of six-party talks stalled for nearly a year.

But when the two met in a closed-door meeting, Bush used the word "tyrant" as he expressed concerns about North Korean human rights and nuclear weapons.

According to the officials, Roh first opened the meeting by saying that it would be effective at this stage of North Korean nuclear issue that Bush to address the North Korean leader as "Mr. Kim Jong Il." Bush responded by saying: "That just shows how desperate he is," officials told OhmyNews.

When Roh formally requested that Bush specifically use the term "Mr." Bush relented saying that he would do so if that would bring about a breakthrough in the North Korean nuclear stalemate. But then he added: "But it just shows how flimsy he is."

Bush then called Kim Jong Il a "tyrant" twice, saying that the North Korean leader was skilled in propaganda, because as a dictator, he could say whatever he liked and is not accountable to any political power or to a civic society.

Bush again used the word "tyrant" twice in reference to the North Korean leader during the luncheon, as he expressed concern about North's arms issue and human rights issue.

On Nov. 6, Bush, who was visiting Brazil after the Americas Summit in Argentina at the weekend, referred to the North Korean leader in a similar fashion while praising Japan as a close U.S. ally in confronting a "tyrant" in North Korea. He did not mention Kim by name.
Additional reporting by OhmyNews reporter Kim Dang
©2005 OhmyNews

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