As if we don’t have enough in the world to deal with, now we have to contend with Kim Jong-un, the young leader who’s rattling sabers and stomping his feet again because of a movie, “The Interview”, that depicts a plot to eliminate him as the leader of North Korea by way of assasination. Here in the real world, he still irritates everybody with his determination to obtain long range nuclear weapon to play with while trying to fill his father’s shoes and run the country with an iron fist no matter the cost, and he proved as much by having his uncle executed shortly after taking command of the country giving rise to the term that North Korea is “no country for old men”.
It was last year that he started firing off underground nuclear test challenging the world’s patience with his “I don’t care” attitude, and letting this “man-child” have access to missiles with nuclear warheads is like giving a bottle of nitroglycerine to a 2 year old and hoping he doesn’t drop it. And to even allow Kim Jong-un to experiment with nuclear power is not a good thing even though he says that his quest for nuclear power is for peaceful purposes and the betterment of his people. Yet he sufficiently annoyed China enough last year that it prompted a strong reaction from the new Chinese President, Xi Jinping, who sees Kim Jong as testing the waters as a way of seeing what he can get away with. Because of North Korea’s desperate state of poverty, it depends on China for food and fuel, and even though China has condemned many of North Korea’s actions, there are many who feel that more should be done to deter the young leader from seeking nuclear power at this time.
China has called on North Korea to renew suspended contacts with the 6 party group, the United States, Japan, Russia, South Korea, China, and North Korea, that has provided a forum for discussing Pyongyang’s nuclear program and other subjects. The six as a group hold these forums as a way to discuss the feasibility of trying to decide if nuclear power could help North Korea’s struggling economy. When Kim Jong-un showed an unwillingness to do that, the United Nations Security Council applied economic sanctions. Because Kim had stated that an improved economy was his top priority, the sanctions are hitting the country hard. China feels that by North Korea’s returning to the six party talks, would likely turn into a diplomatic triumph for all concerned.
Even though North Korea’s long distance warhead delivery technology has to this point been unimpressive, the United States feels that the six party talks need to resume, and there was some hope that Kim Jong-un would finally give in and return to the table, but that hope may have just been dashed with the release of “The Interview”, and as of right now, Kim Jong-un’s next move is unpredictable. There have been countless leaders in the world who at one time or another was the butt of a humerous shinanigan or a cruel joke, but when you make a movie comedy about the planning and the killing of a country’s leader, you strike a nerve, and one day, that could prove to be deadly.
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