North Korea is in the news again — this time with a long list of demands for President-elect Donald Trump, which North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un included in a 9-page letter to the soon-to-be President of the United States.
Kim Jong-Un’s rant decries what it called “hostile nuclear threats” from the US, which he claims have caused North Korea to live in constant fear of attack. This was received somewhat humorously by Western media since North Korea has spent most of its reign under Kim Jong-Un threatening to destroy America, South Korea, and Japan – or even all 3 at once – and renouncing the 1953 cease-fire.
Kim singled out President Obama particularly, stating that under his administration the US was “constantly heaping malicious slander and criticism on [North Korea],” and he said that Obama had an “aggressive and heinous ‘strategic suffocation’ policy.”
Kim also seemed to inadvertently admit that his country was part of the war scare, stating that he had pursued an exceptionally confrontational policy with the US during the last 5 years, but blamed that on the US as well:
“The anachronistic hostile policy and nuclear threat that the US has enforced with unprecedented recklessness against the DPRK (North Korea) have only provoked its just and righteous countermeasures for self-defense” — North Korean leader Kim Jon-Un
This was greeted with some bemusement in the West, as North Korea has threatened the nuclear annihilation of America and her allies so often, it barely makes the news anymore. North Korea’s economic and military potential are considered quite a bit less overwhelming than its official propaganda states, such as its claims to be able to hit the continental United States with a nuclear weapon.
North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, has been technically in a state of war with the US and South Korea since no peace treaty was ever signed ending the Korean War. The 1953 cease-fire remains the basis for the current status quo, though North Korea has occasionally renounced the cease-fire to make dramatic statements, usually with little real effect or change.
It seems likely that only North Korea, a country that has to beg other countries not to make fat jokes about its unstable and ever more obese leader, will take the 9-page letter seriously or be inclined to believe any of its contents. Endless threats of nuclear annihilation are not expected to make the incoming Trump administration quail in fear, either.