US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s thuggish approach to foreign relations has offended the North Koreans, according to E. Michael Jones, an American writer and political analyst in Indiana.
Jones, a writer, former professor, media commentator and the current editor of the Culture Wars magazine, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday.
On Sunday, US Senator Lindsey Graham said China might have pressured North Korea to take a harder line against Pompeo during the latest round of denuclearization talks in Pyongyang.
“I see China’s hands all over this. We’re in a fight with China,” Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, said in an interview with Fox News.
North Korea, in a statement released Saturday hours after talks with Pompeo ended, called the negotiations “regrettable” and accused the US of making “gangster-like” demands for denuclearization.
Graham placed blame for the North’s colder attitude on Chinese influence, saying that the outbreak of a trade dispute between Washington and Beijing was to blame for the antagonism.
“This is all way too complicated. We need to apply Occam’s razor here — Beings shouldn’t to be multiplied without necessity. The problem with North Korean negotiation is Mike Pompeo. There’s no question,: Jones said.
“Trump had this photo-op with President Kim John-un, and then leaves the details up to Mike Pompeo, who is a thug who used to work with the CIA. He swaggers in, starts pushing people around, starts making unilateral demands, and the North Koreans are offended, appalled, and they back away. So the main problem is Mike Pompeo,” he stated.
“So there is a problem with China, and North Korea and tariffs and the whole thing but we have people here who always been looking for an excuse for another war, that’s Lindsey Graham for sure,” the analyst said.
“Lindsey Graham never met a war that he didn’t like. He’s one of the biggest war mongers in the United States Congress, and when John McCain dies he would be the biggest war monger in the United States Congress,” he noted.
“So what you have here is not China’s malign influence, but you have comedy of errors,” he concluded.