The dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-unista is a baked image in the West as a childish and simple leader. However, it is in stark contrast to how the novice dictator organized his rivals out of the game.
It is now being bitten by a former CIA agent Jung H Pak, which in its recently published book in Finnish Kim Jong-un – Inside the young leader of North Korea the leader’s ruthless route from the shadow of his father to one of the most feared people in the world.
During the first two years of dictation, he assassinated some of the advisers he inherited from his father. Some of them ended up in a labor camp at the same time as Kim concentrated all power on himself.
Kim Jong-un grabbed for himself responsibilities that neither his father nor grandfather had. North Korea is now far more monopolistic than in its early years.
“The baby-like roundness of the new leader’s face, the unfavorable hair pattern and the jackets emphasizing the large waist environment further supported the media-created perception of a middle-aged person who didn’t have to be taken seriously,” Jung writes.
The crux of the problem is precisely that Kim was introduced as a “little rocket man”. Behind his toddler image, however, lies a frightening despot with a nuclear weapon.
In his work, Jung repeats Kim’s five-year school trip in Switzerland. He was by no means a glorious student, and it didn’t even bother a teenage Korean boy.
– He left school without taking any exams, classmate João Micaelo recalled.
The most important thing seemed Jean-Claude Van Dammen movies and basketball, where Kim, who enjoyed playing as a playmaker, hated losing.
– Beloved leader (father Kim Jong-il) had long considered his youngest son more suitable for running the country because of the agility required for the task.
The irritability was certainly evident at home as well. Kim’s “parents” relatives in Switzerland decided to leap to the United States and seek asylum as early as 1998. According to Jung’s analysis, they feared that Kim’s time in the North Korean leadership would not be merciful to them.
Later, they held a laundry service in Manhattan.
Crises are part of education
Kim’s final leadership training appropriately began on October 10, 2010. The series of numbers on October 10, 2010 was certainly no coincidence when 26-year-old Kim was first introduced alongside her father in a North Korean military parade.
At the same time, the country had plunged into several conflicts with both its neighbors and the United States. In the book, Jung suggests that it was not a coincidence, but that the young leader was trained in “house ways”.
– Keeping the initiative to yourself, artificially creating tensions, sowing fear, behaving rudely, then massaging reconciliation and taking the nuclear weapons program forward all the time, Jung lists.
And only by trying to understand Kim’s view can the international community assess the danger posed by North Korea and its explosiveness.
Kim differs from both his father, who had to rebuild the country from the ruins after the collapse of Soviet support, and his grandfather, who waged a bloody guerrilla war against the Japanese. Kim has grown up since childhood in a world where everyone around her has worshiped her. It is quite clear that it leaves a certain mark on personality.
Jung thinks it’s important to note that Kim himself sculpts in propaganda videos as the chief weapons inspector. It is impossible to judge whether he himself imagines himself to be the best trained to analyze the latest developments in missile technology.
Because the videos are so ridiculous in their own absurdity, they may not be able to interpret their basic message correctly. Kim doesn’t want to be the joke he’s often described in the West.
“For the first six years of his reign, Kim kept the world on his toes with his warlike speeches and at the same time accelerated the presentation of his country’s nuclear and missile arsenal,” Jung continues.
And the pace has not slowed down since. The September 2017 nuclear test alone was about ten times larger in size than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Ballistic missile tests have now been conducted three times more than the father and grandfather combined.
And since North Korea is estimated to have 20 to 60 nuclear warheads and has enough missile technology to strike the west coast of the United States, it might be worth exploring Kim’s mindset more closely.
Looks like murders
Kim somehow came into office from a vacuum. Her mother is Japanese, and she herself had spent her chubby teenage years in Switzerland at a time when millions of North Koreans had eaten rats and been disappointed in their lives.
However, the greatest sin of all was that Kim had no military experience at all in a country whose existence is based virtually on a chronic war against the whole world.
And that’s exactly why Kim had to cement her power with spectacular executions. The most famous of these are, of course, your aunt’s husband Jang Song Thaekin death with anti-aircraft guns under the eyes of other generals. The limbs were destroyed with flamethrowers.
The chapter in the book “Murder in Malaysia,” in turn, repeats how a big brother Kim Jong-nam experienced his horrific fate in the VX neurotoxic attack at Kuala Lumpur Airport.
– It was a humiliating end for a man who had been worshiped by his father and around whom he had flocked endlessly. The whole episode was like a bad movie, Jung writes.
The terror regime continues
The message was specifically for the home country, but yes it was taken into account everywhere. Kim was willing to do anything to cement her own position.
North Korea celebrating the Great Leader on Saturday Kim Il-sungin the 75-year-old sky of the Labor Party, founded by him, is certainly seen in some role as the country’s undisputed leader – grandson Kim Jong-un.
– The repressive system he inherited has inevitably led to a herd spirit among the closest advisers. Their own lives and the future of their families depend on them showing their loyalty to Kim alone, Jung underlines.
But the leader also has the same problem.
– Kim inherits nuclear weapons, bureaucracy, prison camps and fear, and she can’t escape them either. If he wants to survive, he must continue his atrocities.
– There is no other way.