Is the kid leading North Korea married? If not, who’s the woman next to him watching a show in Pyongyang featuring imitation Disney characters? Devote 4 minutes to watching Wall Street Journals’ Isabella Steger and Alastair Gale in Seoul analysing what happened:
This is such an unusual subject I can’t help loving it. How often do we get gossip out of North Korea? Or any information for that matter? A bit of “celebrity” gossip makes North Korea seem a bit more normal, doesn’t it?
Or is a strategy behind it all? He has after all fired the top military chief, Ri Yong-ho, and removed him from all official posts only seven months after taking over as head of state. Wrote a post two years ago “Could a “Deng Xiaoping” surface in North Korea?”. Maybe Kim Jong Eun is Pyongyang’s answer to Deng?
Light gossip for the summer
Almost makes me believe I’m reading Hello magazeine but it’s actually The Wall Street Journal speculating if the woman on Kim Jong Eun’s right is the first lady. Or maybe his sister? Can’t help thinking about when former French president Sarkozy met Carla Bruni. Is he or isn’t he dating her – the same kind of speculation. Like the Sarkozys, the young leader of North Korea went to school in Europe. But that’s where the similarity ends unless, like them, he’s married.
Unfortunately there’s a sinister twist
The kid dictator is said to be following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps with public executions, sending people to political prisons and ordering assassinations of defectors. Not to mention developing more missiles and nuclear weapons. And that the woman next to Kim Jong Eun should be able to have a positive influence on him is unlikely. Or maybe it isn’t? The fact that light entertainment in Pyongyang is broadcast to the world is a novelty.
Opening up to the world?
Maybe the kid is interested in breaking his country’s isolation? Apparently he is urging North Koreans to use the internet and keep up to date on global trends. Nice touch, catch is censorship in North Korea is bound to make China seem liberal. From what I understand his grandfather Kim Il Sung gave an abundance of interviews to foreign journalists and, surprise surprise, loved being photographed kissing babies. Apparently his grandson is a spitting image making some older North Koreans cry and long for the past.
The second coming of Kim Il Sung?
But maybe it’s not just the looks that are similar? Is it possible that Kim Jong Eun has the same kind of stragegy as grandpa? North Korean media, correctly or not, hail him as the second coming of his grandfather. If so, there will be a lot of kissing babies on North Korean television, not to mention Mickey Mouse shows. The strategy will be a treat for a starving population watching their leader applauding on television, make them happier and, hopefully, fill their stomachs as well. It’s bound to be easier to handle hunger if you have just seen Kim Jong Eun watching a show.
Irony aside, if Kim Jong Eun’s strategy is to open up North Korea to the world maybe we could be cautiously optimistic. But wouldn’t it be better if he started by feeding his own people and giving them, at least basic, human rights? That would definitely be a better strategy if North Korea wants to join the international community.
Do you agree with me that it was interesting to have a bit of gossip out of North Korea? Is Kim Jong Eun trying to break the isolation his country is in? Is he married? Or was it just his sister? Could she have a positive influence on him? Will television shows with cartoons make it easier for the people in North Korea to be hungry? Would the world be a better place if North Korea broke it’s isolation and started cooperating with the rest of the world? Or are you of the opinion that it’s good to have an evil empire to keep the world on its toes? What do you think is the strategy behind suddenly, for the first time, having a women sitting next to the leader? And where does Mickey Mouse and light entertainment come in? Perhaps show that North Korea is just like the rest of the world? Or maybe it’s all just irrelevant?
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