North Korea Gets Scarier

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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On December 17, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il died. The state press announced that his youngest son, Kim Jong-Un, is the “great successor.” There’s a clear pattern where each step towards succession is accompanied with a provocation, reflecting the regime’s belief that its ills can be cured through conflict. At only 27 or 28 years old, Kim Jong-Un is out to prove himself, and the short-range missile test that followed his official takeover isn’t going to cut it.

Kim Jong-Un is largely a mystery. He wasn’t even formally mentioned in North Korea’s state press until October 2010. His age, mother and marital status aren’t even known. It is reported that British intelligence assess that he has an “explosive temper” and suffers from severe hypertension, giving little hope that his mental state is any better than his father’s.

In October 2010, he was given the rank of a four-star general, even though he has no military experience whatsoever. His young age, lack of experience and the decreasing support of the North Korean army and population make it difficult for Kim Jong-Un to ensure the stability of the regime. A cable published by Wikileaks reveals that the top national security advisor to the South Korean president believes the regime will collapse within 2 to 3 years after Kim Jong-Il’s death.

Kim Jong-Il believes that confrontation with outside powers is necessary for a successful transition. In 1987, he was the designated successor. He ordered the bombing of a South Korean airliner and took part in a plot to assassinate South Korea’s president in Burma. This is the same type of preparatory steps his son undertook before his own ascent.

On May 25, 2009, North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test. About one week later, Kim Jong-Il had his top officials pledge their loyalty to Kim Jong-Un. It is now known that Kim Jong-Un ordered the March 26, 2010 sinking of the South Korean warship, the Cheonan, killing 46. Five South Korean properties at the jointly-operated Mt. Kumgang resort were seized almost immediately after, and two North Korean agents were arrested in South Korea as they planned to kill a high-level defector there. Not long after that, the North launched cyber attacks on South Korean websites.

Over the summer of 2010, Kim Jong-Un oversaw a huge purge of political officials in order to solidify power. Older leaders were replaced with younger loyalists. It is said that 1,000 were arrested and 20-30 were executed. In September, new party leadership was chosen. Not long after, North Korea revealed an advanced uranium enrichment facility with 2,000 centrifuges and began erecting a lightwater reactor at Yongbyon.

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  • tarleton

    The totalitarian minset of N Korea is essentially a parody of the religious mind ..it is the religious impulse shoehorned into secular form …a kind of secular cult
    Have you noticed that even in S Korea they tend to be hysterical christians…the korean mind , like the japanese mind , is prone to hysteria , whether in religious or secular form
    Let's face it , religion is sometype of psychosis that holds the human mind in a vice-like grip ..it's part of the human condition and is not going to disappear …the best we can do is to try and tame and channel the religious impulse for positive results …kinda like you would tame a wild river by building a dam and hydroelectric plant

    • ILIA

      You really believe you're smart, don't you? I come from Albania, "the next best thing" after Norks. You dare not mourn, or not mourn well enough, or not show proper enthusiasm when enthusiasm is due, and you're forever in a reeducation camp, practically a slave. These people wait for a spark, and we'll be surprised how it all falls as a house of cards.

      For the rest of it, I have my own doubts. It can be that Dear Leaders faint insanity in order to be left alone. I don't know that. If they REALLY are insane, they are gonna use nukes, just like this.

      • tarleton

        These type of regimes tend to be dangerously paranoid too , like Hoxa in Albania …there are similarities , but also differences too …the Balkan minset is not prone to the type of hysteria that comes from places like Korea …and that hysteria , whether in secular or religious form is higly inflamible and prone to ignition …a volotile mix , I presume

  • UCSPanther

    Don't forget: some North Korean soldiers murdered a South Korean tourist at the Kumgang resort back in 2008, leading to South Korea putting a freeze on all travel to the Mount Kumgang resort.

  • tarleton

    It's rich irony that this korean creep died a few days after Hitchens …Hitch always imagined heaven as a celestial N Korea …haha , now Kim will have to suffer Hitchen's poison pen and wicked wit for eternity …….gro…ooooan ''who will rid me of this turbulent journalist '' ? ? haha …that's hell for Kim and heaven for Hitch

  • mrbean

    Although it’s been reported that Jong Il’s son, Kim Jong Un, is his successor, former Ambassador Bolton doubts that the all factions of the military will go along with that, saying, “I think the greatest risk at the moment is of state collapse. You know this is not a long-established European monarchy where the son takes office sort of automatically. I think it’s very possible that the military, who hold the real power in North Korea, are simply not going to accept this now a newly minted 4-star general as the inevitable successor

  • BLJ

    Great another Long Duc Dong to deal with. This family is like the mafia.

  • http://www.fxexchangerate.com/ fxgeorges

    North Koreans are only allowed a maximum of 0.24 seconds per day of fun.

    This has to be at cedar point or something.

  • Amused

    North Korea can not get any scarier than it already is .

    • ProudInfidel12

      I beg to differ. Jong-Un is going to want to make a point, that he is as powerful, or more so, than his poppa. And if that means initiating an all-out nuclear war, so be it. Like the muslims, these nutjobs won't mind going down with the ship. It would be the ultimate honor.

  • Fred Dawes

    So what will that monkey do?, kill a million people in his own country?

  • Ryan

    I pray for the North Korean people, I hate to think of how many people will have to die unnecessarily for this brutal bastard to prove he is top dog amongst a populaces of starving people. GOD have mercy on their souls.

  • g_jochnowitz

    Like Iran, North Korea is anti-Israel. The only country it has fought against, other than South Korea and the United Nations force during the Korean War, is Israel. “Egypt’s military relationship with North Korea goes back to the early 70s, when Pyongyang sent an air battalion to Egypt as a sign of solidarity in its war with Israel,” according to an article by Eli J. Lake and Richard Sale in the June 22, 2001, issue of the Middle East Times entitled “U.S. Worries over Egypt-North Korea Missile Program.”

  • Rico Brazo

    As S-Koryo is the Miracle of the century.N-Koryo is the Abyss of man Kind.
    The North will just continue to use the Iran channel to feed them Nuke product,
    And counterfeit money.
    They will provoke to get the food they need to feed the Army.So they can control it.
    Lets just Hope the winter is not to cold,and that the food shipment from the South is ongoing. If the N-K Army is starving they will run down over the 38 parelle,just like
    Nov 1950.

  • Alex Kovnat

    We should ask Ron Paul, "Do you or do you not believe North and South Korea are morally and spiritually equivalent, and do you or do you not believe we should be neutral between North and South Korea?" If RP responds in such a way as to suggest we should be utterly impartial between North and South Korea and/or that we should pull our troops and our Navy out of S. Korea, than we will know we have a guy who might as well be an ultra-liberal leftist for all it matters.

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