In this March 9, 2017, file photo, the North Korean flag is seen behind razor wire on top of a wall at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
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The man who called Donald Trump "President Evil" last week at the U.N. General Assembly is actually a genteel intellectual who studies the memoirs of former U.S. presidents and has taste for fine whisky, according to ten people who know him.Ri has a reputation for translating North Korean propaganda into measured diplomatic language when interacting with Western diplomats, and has studied the works of former U.S. presidents in his spare time.A fluent English speaker who studied at Pyongyang's prestigious University of Foreign Languages, Ri has for years held a number of high-level posts dealing with the West.By then, Ri had become vice foreign minister.Ri was often observed silent and stone-faced, as he held meetings with only four of the 27 foreign ministers attending the forum.Following a rare ruling Workers Party congress in May 2016, Ri was appointed foreign minister and given a position in the party's powerful State Affairs Commission, a central decision-making body headed by Kim Jong Un.In 2011, South Korea's former nuclear negotiator Wi met Ri in Beijing and took the North Korean delegation out to a Chinese dinner.
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