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Media Musings Blog Archive What now There is no shortage of news when it comes to Kim Jong Un and his attention seeking ways.
The third generation and youngest leader in North Korea's history has made headlines numerous of times since the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in December 2011. As if things weren dramatic enough, he chose April 10th as the deadline for foreigners to leave South Korea to avoid conflict. But as predicted nothing happened. territory of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. What most people called a bluff, was actually a bluff after all! Foreign experts say that North Korea's conventional army suffers fromout dated equipment and lack of supply. As North Korea'smilitary is weak, the only way to strengthen its hands is to resort to threats, tensions and nuclear weapons. Like his father, Kim is unlikely to start a war he knows he will lose. So what does this boy dictator do when he doesn't want his position taken away? For one thing, Kim's physical appearance is an almost exact replica of his grandfather, Kim Il Sung. Yet his behaviour clearly differs from that of his grandfathers and is fitting for the world's youngest head of state like a child who has just inherited the family business. Kim Jong Un with his grandfather, Kim Il Sung (Image source: Flick) Not only is Kim aggressive and over confident, but every move he makes is audacious. Even Kim only ally, China, is calling him delusional. Is he hiding from the utter humiliation after having failed to prove his point whatever it was or is this one of those psychological ploys we have yet to hear about from Kim's lips? Say as much as you want about Kim Jong Un though, he doesn't seem to be the kind of person to go down without a big show. 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