Kim Jong-Un, Kim the Younger, has spoken to the assembled people of North Korea and to the world for the first time since his ascension to office became a forgone conclusion following the death of his father, the cavalier Kim Jong-Il.
The new leader of North Korea was confident and relaxed in his 20 minute speech, which proceeded a lavish parade, including tanks, military equipment, and goose-stepping soldiers.
North Korea has a large and disciplined military keeping at least those who participate from feeling the pangs of hunger and poverty felt by much of the population. The parade included a replica of an intercontinental missile, similar to the missile that attempted last week to place a weather satellite in orbit.
The young leader, believed to be about 28 years old, well schooled in Switzerland, pledged to continue the militaristic nature of the North Korean nation. He said that the North, “Won’t be bullied by its nuclear-armed enemies. The days of enemies threatening and blackmailing us with nuclear weapons are forever over.”
Kim’s father spoke only once to the people of North Korea. Kim the Younger is reminiscent of the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in that he is outspoken and conveys his positions clearly and without fear or hesitation. The Young Kim, dressed in the usual dark suit worn by North Korean diplomats, didn’t hesitate to acknowledge that a nuclear test is in preparation.
Kim Jong-Un invoked the need for unity among the North Korean people. The parade, the celebrations, and the missile launch are a call for optimism for the future of communist North Korea, solemnity at the death of Kim Jong-Il, and celebration of the rule of Kim Il-Sung. Young Kim said he will aggressively pursue economic growth to improve people’s daily lives. The pattern established by Kim Jong-Il was to improve the national economy by employing modern technology. The Younger called his country, “Kim Il-Sung’s Korea.” Kim Il-Sung was the founder of the nation of North Korea, and is still revered as a deity by the people. It is said that Kim Il-Sung will always be the supreme leader of North Korea.