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    Default Kim Jong-Un Privately Doubting He's Crazy Enough To Run North Korea

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    Kim Jong-Un Privately Doubting He's Crazy Enough To Run North Korea

    November 1, 2010 | ISSUE 46•44



    PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA—In surprisingly candid remarks Thursday, Kim Jong-un, heir apparent to North Korea's highest government post, expressed doubt that he was sufficiently out of his mind to succeed his father, longtime dictator Kim Jong-il.



    Kim says the task of somehow becoming "as loony tunes as [his] dad" is a daunting one.


    While emphasizing that he was definitely completely insane and would likely be even less stable by the time he assumed power, the younger Kim nevertheless wondered if he could ever be enough of a lunatic to replace the most unhinged leader on the planet.


    "Obviously, I know I was handpicked because I'm super crazy," said Kim, the youngest of the 69-year-old dictator's four known children. "But my father's just so great at what he does. Did you know the people of North Korea have heard his voice exactly once, for like five seconds? How nuts is that? Honestly, I look at stuff like that and I think, 'Wow, there's just no way I can ever top Dad.'"


    "We're talking about a world-class nutjob here," he added.


    Kim told reporters that since emerging as the presumptive next-in-line to lead North Korea, he had spent countless hours trying to come up with his own brand of craziness that would honor the tradition set forth by his father and grandfather, Kim Il-sung, but would also set him apart. After discovering that many of his best ideas had already been taken by his father—including making citizens bow toward wall-sized portraits of himself or claiming to be a demigod whose moods directly influence the weather—Kim admitted he had grown frustrated.






    Kim cites this massive and bizarre demonstration as evidence that his chances of ever being able to top his father in the "crazy department" are very slim.


    "At this point, I'm not sure what's left for me to do, really," he said. "I mean, according to the Ministry of Information, Dad hit 11 holes-in-one the first time he ever played golf. I'm dead serious. Dad had never even picked up a golf club before, and he hit 38 under par. Where am I supposed to go from there? I guess I can say I ran a marathon in 20 minutes, but isn't that pretty much the same thing?"
    "It is the same thing, isn't it?" Kim added. "Ugh."


    Kim, who in his rare public appearances wears a plain dark suit, said he ultimately hoped to cultivate an eccentric, yet vaguely sinister look as iconic as his father's pompadour, drab parka, and sunglasses, perhaps something "even nuttier" involving canes, a large yellow raincoat, or possibly a motorized scooter.


    Other ideas Kim has had for proving his insanity include placing anyone shorter than himself under permanent house arrest, issuing a new national currency every 90 days, normalizing relations with South Korea, and replacing all medicines with synthetic replications of his own saliva.


    "Of course, I have to be careful not to come off as too crazy, because then it would just feel forced and no one would buy it," said Kim, noting that he was working on some slogans that North Korean schoolchildren would be forced to chant three times daily. "Then again, maybe having it come off as forced would make me seem even crazier, because what kind of a maniac would go to such lengths to outdo his father? Right? Or is that just a cop-out?"


    Although Kim's birthday is already recognized as a national holiday and any criticism of him is punishable by indefinite sentences in re-education camps, Kim suggested that the stress of living up to his father's insanity had been taking a toll.


    "I can't even enjoy the things I used to love, like forcing starving people to perform a five-hour dance routine in my honor, because I spend the whole time obsessing over whether I'm being wacko enough," Kim admitted. "That's what's so special about Dad, you know: He never worries about all that stuff, he just acts like himself. What can I say? The old man set the loony bar pretty high."


    When asked if he planned to consult the elder Kim for advice, the future leader said that while his father would almost certainly have valuable insights, the man was far too crazy for even a lunatic like himself to speak to.


    "But I've got to prove myself to him somehow," Kim said. "He'll kill me if I don't."
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    Anecdotal evidence is all you need to prove your own point; scientific proof is what you require of everyone else.

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    New footage clue to NKorean leadership...

    North Korea leadership: Kim Jong-un's uncle in TV clue
    25 December 2011 : Kim Jong-un's uncle has been pictured standing at the North Korea leader's side in military uniform, suggesting a key position in the hierarchy.
    Chang Song-taek had been expected to play a major part in smoothing the transfer of power to Kim Jong-un from his father, Kim Jong-il. It is believed to be the first picture of Mr Chang in uniform. He has been more closely associated with the party. North Korea is trying to carry on the world's only Communist family dynasty. Kim Jong-il, who inherited power from his father in 1994, died last weekend. His son Kim Jong-un is a political novice, thought to be in his late 20s.

    'Military first'

    Analysts say senior figures such as Mr Chang will be crucial to making the transition of power successful. State media has already begun bolstering the role of Kim Jong-un, calling him the "great successor". Media now also refer to the younger Kim as the supreme commander of the armed forces. State television footage showed Mr Chang standing at Kim Jong-un's side as he paid respects before Kim Jong-il's body lying in state at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang. Mr Chang, who is married to Kim Jong-il's sister, was once purged for "re-education". But in recent years he has been installed in several key roles in the hierarchy.

    However, he is normally pictured in business suits and was thought to be a civilian party official rather than a military figure. North Korea's military is one of the world's biggest, and has more than one million personnel. Under Kim Jong-il the government followed a "military-first" policy that prioritised the military's role in the country's power structure. Meanwhile, North Koreans are continuing lavish displays of mourning to Kim Jong-il. And North Korean state media has renewed attacks on South Korea for apparently blocking its citizens from travelling north to join in the mourning.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16328758
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    Kim Jong Un's Uncle Wears General's Insignia, Strong Sign He'll Play Key Role
    December 24, 2011 | North Korea on Sunday aired footage showing the uncle and key patron of anointed heir Kim Jong Un wearing a military uniform with a general's insignia -- a strong sign he'll play a greater role in efforts to secure the young man's rise to power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, a week ago.
    The footage on state television shows Jang Song Thaek paying respects at Kim Jong Il's body as it lies in state at Kumsusan Memorial Palace. It indicates Jang has been appointed to a new military job. Seoul's Unification Ministry says it's the first time Jang has been shown wearing a military uniform on state TV. South Korean intelligence has predicted Kim Jong Un's aunt Kim Kyong Hui, a key Workers' Party official, and her husband Jang, who is a vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission, will play larger roles supporting the heir.

    The North is ramping up its campaign to install Kim Jong Un as the nation's next leader as the mourning for his father continued a week after his death. North Korea is hailing heir Kim Jong Un as "supreme leader" of the 1.2-million strong military. Kim Jong Un made a third visit Saturday to the palace where his father's body is lying in state -- this time as "supreme leader of the revolutionary armed forces" and accompanied by North Korea's top military brass, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

    The new title and public show of support from the military leadership sent a strong signal that the nation will maintain Kim Jong Il's "military first" policy for the time being. Earlier Saturday, the newspaper Rodong Sinmun, mouthpiece of the ruling Workers' Party, urged Kim Jong Un to accept the top military post: "Comrade Kim Jong Un, please assume the supreme commandership, as wished by the people."

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/12...#ixzz1hYc20TjZ
    Last edited by waltky; Dec 25 2011 at 05:38 AM.
    So here is my suggestion: Forget bombs -- we should drop Obama administration policy makers on Iraq and Syria. That would ensure the ruin of the Islamic State in no time!

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    If this isn't moved to the humour section, Americans will actually believe it, so the mod on duty this Christmas day has some work to do.

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    A coup in the offing?...

    Kim Jong Un's brother: Regime will fall
    Jan. 17, 2012 -- The late Kim Jong Il's oldest son predicts his younger brother's rule in North Korea will be short-lived, a Japanese journalist says.
    Yoji Gomi, a reporter for the Tokyo Shimbun, says his upcoming book is based on seven years of e-mail exchanges and interviews with Kim Jong Nam, The Guardian reported. Gomi said he met Kim three times and exchanged e-mails with him for years and that Kim agreed when he suggested turning the e-mail exchange into a book.

    Kim Jong Nam is believed to have been born in 1971 to Song Hye Nim, a North Korean movie star who was Kim Jong Il's longtime mistress. He is not known to have met his younger brother, Kim Jong Un, the son of Kim Jong Il's official wife.

    "The Kim Jong Un regime will not last long," Gomi quotes Kim Jong Nam as saying. "Without reforms, North Korea will collapse, and when such changes take place, the regime will collapse. I think we will see valuable time lost as the regime sits idle fretting over whether it should pursue reforms or stick to the present political structure."

    Kim Jong Nam, who is believed to live in Beijing and Macao, described himself as being under the protection of the Chinese government and closely watched by it at the same time.

    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-Ne...#ixzz1jmKCKruM
    So here is my suggestion: Forget bombs -- we should drop Obama administration policy makers on Iraq and Syria. That would ensure the ruin of the Islamic State in no time!

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    Who wants to bet that Kim Jong-Un, being as tubby as he is, will die of a heart attack in five years.

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    Who's in charge?...

    North Korea's Kim Jong-un not really in control, says brother
    January 17, 2012 : Kim Jong-un's brother reportedly wonders how long North Korea's Kim Jong-un can last – or how much say he will have over his own destiny, let alone that of his people.
    The oldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is casting doubts on his late father’s choice of his youngest brother as “grand successor,” but that’s not dimming the extravaganza of praise within North Korea for Kim Jong-un as “supreme leader.” The display of Kim Jong-un riding a white horse and shaking hands with soldiers, as well as reports by the North Korean media that he recommended a military response 2-1/2 years ago to any US attempt to obstruct a missile test, convince analysts that the young man is sure to enjoy the trappings of power for the foreseeable future. “The messages the North Korean leadership has tried to project are stability, continuity, and control,” says Scott Snyder, senior fellow for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. But, he adds, “I do not know what is happening under the surface or if these messages reflect reality in Pyongyang.”

    Kim’s oldest brother, Kim Jong-Nam, living in the gambling enclave of Macao on the southeastern coast of China, hinted at the lack of confidence behind the campaign to glorify the new leader, according to a Japanese newspaper. Rejected by his father as a successor more than 10 years ago, Kim Jong-nam reportedly talked about the buildup of his brother while expressing misgivings. Mr. Kim reportedly told the Tokyo Shimbun in an e-mail that he expected “the existing ruling elite to follow in the footsteps of my father while keeping the young successor as a symbolic figure." It was “difficult,” he was quoted as saying in a burst of frankness that he has displayed in earlier encounters with the Japanese media, “to accept a third-generation succession under normal reasoning."

    Kim Jong-nam was quoted in a newly published book by Japanese journalist Yoji Gomi as having been still more critical.In the book, entitled "My father Kim Jong-Il and Me," he said, "North Korea is very unstable" and "the power of the military has become too strong." Jong-nam, communicating in Korean by e-mail and in interviews with Mr. Gomi last year, is quoted as saying, "If the succession ends in failure, the military will wield the real power for sure."

    That perspective from a close but clearly disillusioned relative jibes with the views of foreign analysts who wonder how long Kim Jong-un can last – or whether he can possibly take charge of his own destiny and that of his people. “The efforts to put Kim Jong-un front and center immediately reflects a rushed succession process,” says Victor Cha, who directed Asian issues on the National Security Council during the presidency of George W. Bush. Mr. Cha, now a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, predicts that what he calls “a Potemkin leadership transition” in Pyongyang “will likely run into problems.”

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    So here is my suggestion: Forget bombs -- we should drop Obama administration policy makers on Iraq and Syria. That would ensure the ruin of the Islamic State in no time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltky View Post
    Who's in charge?...

    North Korea's Kim Jong-un not really in control, says brother
    January 17, 2012 : Kim Jong-un's brother reportedly wonders how long North Korea's Kim Jong-un can last – or how much say he will have over his own destiny, let alone that of his people.
    I agree with Kim Jong-Nam hes a symbol right now, even the N.K.s realized he was too young,and by the time he wises up and has enough power to confront them, he'll either have been upsurbed or die of the heart attack i predict.

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    Granny says, "Dat's right - he goofy as his daddy was...

    U.S. lawmaker questions North Korean leader's 'stability'
    March 17th, 2013 - A top U.S. congressman expressed concern about the "stability" of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after months of provocative statements and behavior from the nuclear-armed communist state.
    "You have a 28-year-old leader who is trying to prove himself to the military, and the military is eager to have a saber-rattling for their own self-interest," said Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. "And the combination of that is proving to be very, very deadly." North Korea launched a satellite into orbit atop a long-range rocket in December, conducted its third nuclear weapons test in February and announced earlier this month that it was abandoning the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. On Saturday, it announced that it would not negotiate with the United States over its nuclear program, challenging arguments that its weapons program was a bargaining chip that might be traded away for economic benefits.



    Rogers, R-Michigan, told CNN's State of the Union that North Korea "certainly" has the missile capability to strike the United States. Analysts say North Korea is years away from being able to accurately deliver a nuclear weapon atop a long-range missile. But Rogers said the fact that the North is willing to openly threaten the United States with a nuclear attack "is problem enough." "This is very, very concerning, as we just don't know the stability of their leader - again, 28 years old," Rogers said. "We're just not confident that we know he wouldn't take those steps." Pyongyang disregarded numerous warnings to conduct February's test and threatened afterward that it was prepared to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike to defend itself. The U.N. Security Council stiffened sanctions on the North after the test, with its leading ally, China, making the vote unanimous.

    The North has also renewed its threats toward South Korea, warning of "strong physical countermeasures" after the sanctions vote. Kim is the grandson of Kim Il Sung, the founder of the North Korean state. He rose to power in December 2011, after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. Victor Cha, a longtime North Korea analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said the North's recent actions have fueled debate about whether Kim "really is fully in charge, or whether the military is in charge." "The three top military generals that were with him when his father died are all gone now, and we don't know what happened to them," Cha said on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS. "That could be a sign of him taking control, but it could also be a sign of some real churn inside the system where some people don't like the fact that a 28-year-old is now running the country."

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    So here is my suggestion: Forget bombs -- we should drop Obama administration policy makers on Iraq and Syria. That would ensure the ruin of the Islamic State in no time!

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    Granny says, "He is too! - he's as loony as his old man...

    Kim Jong Un is not crazy
    Tue April 2, 2013 - Stephan Haggard: North Korea is mostly bluffing in its threats against South Korea; Haggard: Escalating signals of resolve suggest nervousness as much as strength; He says Kim Jong Un may not have fully consolidated his authority; Haggard: As a result, some of the rhetoric could be driven by domestic politics
    March brought us a series of what pundits like to call "provocations" by North Korea. On closer inspection, Pyongyang has opted for rhetoric over actual military actions. While Kim Jong Un's pursuit of nuclear and missile capability remains worrisome, escalating signals of resolve could suggest nervousness as much as strength. So, is the regime in trouble?

    The first round of saber-rattling came as the U.N. Security Council deliberated on a new sanctions resolution after North Korea's satellite launch in December and its third nuclear test in February. The Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a party organ dealing with North-South relations began putting out public statements in an effort to chip away at the institutions of the armistice, such as military hot lines and the stationing of a North Korean military mission in Panmunjom.



    North Korea ultimately "withdrew" from the armistice, but it had done so before and it is not clear what its recent statements actually mean. The armistice is not a peace treaty, but merely a cease fire. The armistice is stable not because of verbal commitments but because of the deterrent capability of both sides. Is anything really different as a result of this "re-withdrawal"? It doesn't seem like it.

    Equally unfortunate was North Korea's decision to renege on a number of North-South agreements, such as a North-South agreement on the denuclearization of the peninsula. But Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons had made this and a number of other agreements moot in any case. North Korea's bluster had little if any effect on the U.N. debate. If anything, its threats may have been counterproductive. Although the resolution was portrayed as the result of a U.S.-South Korean cabal, China also signed on and the resolution was passed unanimously.

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    US officials: North Korea trying to assert itself as nuclear weapons state
    April 2nd, 2013
    Senior administration officials say North Korea's threats to restart its nuclear reactor is part of a pattern of North Korea asserting itself as a nuclear weapons state. The North Koreans want the U.S. to deal with them as they dealt with the Soviets: the U.S. accepted them as a nuclear power and then they held talks as two nuclear states.



    North Korea has repeatedly said it would rather have "arms control" talks with the U.S. as opposed to talks about disarming its nuclear program. "This is part of a premeditated campaign to force acceptance of their nuclear status," one of the officials said, who added, "it's not going to happen. It would blow up the entire global non-proliferation regime."

    Officials say they have not seen any signs the North has begun reconstituting facilities they've shut down. But the officials say they do already have a uranium workshop up and running and are "within months" of completing construction of a small plutonium reactor.

    Source
    Related:

    U.S. Forces Korea website down
    April 2nd, 2013 - The website for U.S. Forces Korea is down and has been off-line all day.
    A U.S. Defense Department official tells CNN, “This was a hardware crash. It could be awhile before they get back online, because they have to rebuild the system. Right now there’s no signs this had anything to do with a cyber attack or outside intrusion. These are initial indications, but right now it doesn’t appear to be caused by outside influence.”

    But the official says they haven't completely ruled out an outside attack.

    If you go to the site, you will see a message reading, "Network Error… The gateway may be temporarily unavailable, or there could be a network problem.”



    U.S. Forces Korea website down – CNN Security Clearance - CNN.com Blogs
    So here is my suggestion: Forget bombs -- we should drop Obama administration policy makers on Iraq and Syria. That would ensure the ruin of the Islamic State in no time!

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    I read this in America's finest news source, so I assume that it's true...
    A nut always assumes he knows his onions.

    If you want to believe in the finest news source in America, go to the Falun Gong because everything it says is assumed to be true and goes viral.
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