Kim Jong-un was strutting North Korea’s military might on the North Korean ‘Day of the Sun’. But does he really mean to use it?
The ‘Day of the Sun’ commemorates the birthday of Kim Jong-un’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, the first ‘Supreme Leader’ in the dictatorial North Korean dynasty.
North Korea allowed a live video feed of the ceremony, including the images of thousands of goose-stepping soldiers (see that at the 25 second mark):
Mark Almond from the Daily Mail thinks that Kim Jong-un may indeed take the suicide option.
The chubby young tyrant, Kim Jong-un, has enjoyed playing the unpredictable despot ever since he inherited power in 2011. Now he is playing with fire.
This is a leader who would willingly take his small, poverty-stricken country to the brink of war with the world’s only superpower.
He knows he can’t win, but he also knows that a second Korean War will be a bloodbath because he has a vast arsenal – everything from primitive nuclear bombs, ballistic missiles and nerve gas to 150,000 cannon – with which he can hit South Korean cities and the US bases there.
To save his own rule – and after the ominous threats emanating from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, in recent days it would be an unimaginable humiliation for him to back down – Kim Jong-un is prepared for North Korea to take the suicide option with devastating consequences for the region.
And so a terrible game of dare is unfolding between the Supreme Leader and America’s new President…
…Official images released yesterday of American troops on ‘exercise’ close to the border between North and South Korea, and fighter planes lined up at US airbases in Japan, suggest a war footing rather than war games…
…Washington believes China is its trump card in dealing with Kim Jong-un. If the US and China act in tandem – one wielding the big military stick, the other threatening to cut fuel and food supplies – surely North Korea would have to give ground and denuclearise?…
…The Chinese know that Kim Jong-un is not their pliant puppet. He has been steadily purging North Koreans who are seen as too close to Beijing, even executing his own uncle Jang Song-thaek. They may have been quietly trying to find an alternative to Kim Jong-un’s leadership, but he has liquidated the obvious candidates, including his own half-brother who was assassinated by a North Korean hit-squad with a toxic nerve agent, VX, at a Malaysian airport in February…
…And North Korea’s nuclear weapons are not all that East Asia or the West has to fear. Kim Jong-un has accumulated a mountain of chemical weapons and toxic nerve agents that may pose a more immediate threat. Japan’s prime minister has spoken of his fears of a sarin-filled rocket fired at his country.
Building an intercontinental missile that can deliver a nuclear warhead to the west coast of America is proving technically difficult for North Korean scientists.
But as the assassination in Malaysia showed, nerve agents can be smuggled quite easily through airports…
…Maybe North Koreans could find anti-Western terrorists to do their dirty work, just as they appear to have used Indonesians and Vietnamese in Malaysia.
As the prospect of a North Korean stand-off with the West grows ever more likely, we are facing the most dangerous game of chicken since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
Will Kim Jong-un be crazy enough to lash out at the US convoy nearing his coast?
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Almond says that the North Korean regime has amassed the arsenal of weapons of mass destruction not just for external threats, but also those within North Korea that would challenge power. If Kim Jong-un backs down from this ‘game of chicken’, it may embolden the dissidents — that he hasn’t killed yet — to act.
If that happens, Kim Jong-un could take the ‘Suicide option’ and take down others with him.
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