There are very, very few people on this planet who believe that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is playing with a full deck of cards, mentally speaking.
The leader of the reclusive nation has consistently proven that he is an unpredictable and unstable antagonist who has no place among the world’s leadership. Yet, due to North Korea’s bizarre and hermitic ways, the “supreme leader” continues to wield power in a nation with very little outside influence being allowed to permeate society. Many in the nation believe that Kim himself is divine, and that erroneous, innate belief has allowed him to escalate the suffering of his people with no recourse.
This has, however, created a situation in which North Korea has few, if any real allies. While many nations do share some of the diminutive dictator’s sentiments regarding the United States and other western civilizations, there are only a handful of world leaders who are willing to publicly back any play that Kim may make. China, up until now, has been the solitary superpower Kim Jong Un could count on.
China’s relationship with North Korea, while complicated, has its roots in geographical ease of trade. Until recently, North Korea was creating a whopping 40% of their GDP by selling their coal to China – a practice that has recently been discontinued due to North Korea’s ongoing international posturing. With even China growing weary of the nonsense being perpetrated by Kim and Co., it seems as though the future is terribly bleak for the despot.
Now, after China has begun reigning in the absurdly isolated nation, at the behest of the U.S. and her global allies, North Korea is lashing out against perhaps the only friend they have left in the world.
“North Korean state media criticized China directly Wednesday, saying its ‘reckless remarks’ on the North’s nuclear program was testing its patience and could trigger unspecified ‘grave’ consequences.
“A commentary released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency said that ‘a string of absurd and reckless remarks are now heard from China everyday only to render the present bad situation tenser.’
“The article cited commentaries by Chinese state media that it said shifted the blame for deteriorating bilateral relations onto the North and raised ‘lame excuses for the base acts of dancing to the tune of the U.S.’
“‘China should no longer try to test the limits of the DPRK’s patience,’ the North Korean commentary said. ‘China had better ponder over the grave consequences to be entailed by its reckless act of chopping down the pillar of the DPRK-China relations.'”
“The commentary was responding to an article in China’s state-backed Global Times that warned the North’s actions threatened a 1961 treaty of non-aggression between the two countries. It called on the regime to end its nuclear tests.”
Given these recent, bravado-laden comments, it is difficult to picture Kim Jong Un as nothing more than a diaper-clad child pouting, stomping, and stammering around Southeast Asia in hopes of being pacified by the global cabal of adults.
At what point does North Korea get offered an intervention? Should that intervention fail, will the reclusive regime need reprimanding or removal?
Only time will tell just how Kim and his cronies will allow their international legacy to unfold, but, given the increasingly violent rhetoric being allowed to escape his bratty mouth, it’s a safe bet to say that it may be a posthumous legacy that we’re considering.