Kim Jong Un, the "great leader" or "dear leader"... or "something else leader" of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, one of the last hard-line Marxist states in the world, has been the subject of much geopolitical controversy in the last few years; see background links for more information. This centres around his country's sophisticated nuclear weapons programme. He has detonated many A-bombs and even a few hydrogen bombs in tests; and he is also developing long range ballistic missiles to deliver them. From his own point of view this makes perfect sense. His nation is isolated and loathed by almost the entire world.
is the closest thing it has to an ally, but in truth China
barely tolerates the upstart little state on its Manchurian border. Kim feared
invasion from all sides, yet his nuclear deterrent has made his country far
more secure. A military invasion and forced regime change in the DPRK is no
longer an option because the consequences would be so horrific. In such a
situation Kim would definitely launch his missiles against the big cities of China
and Seoul killing millions. He
might even be able to hit a target in the western Tokyo . A few months ago there
was possibly and attempt to frame United
States of America
with a false flag nuclear attack, see: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/hawaiian-missile-alert-livestream.html.
Since then the state of affairs calmed considerably; but now, in an unprecedented
and totally unexpected development, Kim Jong Un has suggested a plan to
denuclearize the whole of North Korea
that would involve a cessation to his entire nuclear development programme. Source:
Kim has met with his opposite number in
, Moon Jae-In. Kim is the first of the
three DPRK leaders ever to set foot in its southern capitalist neighbour's
territory. The meeting has led to a proposed further summit with the South
President Donald Trump, the man who previously called Kim "rocket
boy". Trump has accepted the invitation. So far the prospects look rosy.
The positive US
response is already showing effects. Every year the US
carry out a joint exercise designed to intimidate South Korea called "Foul Eagle". It has
gone ahead this year, but it was very much scaled down. We don't yet know the
outcome of this upcoming Korean peace summit, but the situation is remarkably
similar to the one engineered by Mikhail Gorbachev, the premier of the North
Union, in the 1980's. Gorbachev had multiple meetings with Western
leaders, especially US President Ronald Reagan, and negotiated a vast reduction
in the nuclear arms race that had been the centrepiece of the Cold War for forty
years. He also sought to change the Soviet Union's
relationship with the global community; he called his new policies Glasnost- "openness" and Perestroika- "restructuring".
His hope was to transform the
into a different kind of country. It didn't work... or worked too well,
depending on your point of view; and the entire Soviet socialist system
imploded. In December of 1991 it was disbanded and the modern USSR was founded. Is Kim Jong Un about
to try the same thing? It must be tempting. His little socialist state has
suffered terribly since its beginnings in 1945. It has experienced economic
stagnation, dysfunctional government and constant bickering with the
international community. Millions of people have died in a string of famines.
As the Russian
expert Michael Malice says, Kim has had enough of the stick; now he wants to
try the carrot, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fb2infH3PE.
(This programme is also interesting: https://redice.tv/red-ice-radio/the-korean-peace-summit-does-trump-deserve-credit)
We'll have to wait and see. The summit with Korea and the North
will take place within a few weeks, probably in USA .
I will report on it further when it happens. China
See here for background: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2009/05/north-korea-tests-nuke.html.