Is Kim Jong Un more dangerous than his father?
The late Kim Jong Il (left) and his son Kim Jong Un (right), the current leader of North Korea
March 7th, 2013
06:57 PM ET

Is Kim Jong Un more dangerous than his father?

By Elise Labott

North Korea's threat to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States has puzzled American officials, who see the regime ramping up its threats and rhetoric.

It's leading to the belief that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is more unpredictable, more dangerous and harder to read than his late father, Kim Jong Il.

"The new leader is acting in ways a bit more extreme than his father, who was colder and more calculated," a senior administration official said. "Kim Jong Il was more aware of the off-ramps to end these escalations.

"I don't recall he ever went this far in terms of the pace and scope of the rhetoric. Threatening to launch nukes directly against the United States and South Korea confirms what a lot of people have been saying, which is we are dealing with someone new," the official added.

Comparing Kim Jong Il, who died last December, to a chess player, the official said the son is more like a boxer.

"Nobody knows what he has planned, what he is thinking or contemplating doing or why the North Koreans are tripling down on their rhetoric," the official said.

Another senior administration official said Kim's youth and education abroad offered promise for many North Korea watchers that he would be more willing to engage with the West.

"Unfortunately, he is following the example of his father and grandfather pretty closely," the official said. "It's hard to be optimistic."

His grandfather, Kim Il Sung, was the founding leader of North Korea.

Officials said the latest threats, coupled with North Korea's nuclear test last month and its launch of a long-range rocket into space in December, have the United States and South Korea bracing for the possibility of a violent response by Pyongyang to tougher U.N. sanctions approved on Thursday.

They pointed to the 2010 sinking of a South Korean submarine and shelling of a South Korean island.

"It's dangerous to dismiss these threats as just rhetoric and propaganda, the second official said. "It's hard to predict."

Leading up to the U.N. vote, North Korea upped its bellicose rhetoric.

A spokesman for the foreign ministry suggested the United States "is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war."

As a result, North Korea "will exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country," the country said in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Despite the strong language, analysts say North Korea is years away from having the technology necessary to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile and aim it accurately at a target. And, analysts say, North Korea is unlikely to seek a direct military conflict with the United States.

North Korea's behavior is even more curious because it comes as South Korea's new president, Park Geun-hye, took office last week calling for new dialogue with the North. Although she pledged a strong defense posture and retaliation against North Korean provocations, she called for easing tensions that grew under her predecessor.

"Given that for five years they were so angry at the previous president, Lee Myung-bak, why would they mortgage the next five years by being so difficult when a new South Korea leader is just taking office," the first official asked. "It's so very concerning."

Officials note that China, North Korea's closest ally, has demonstrated unprecedented frustration with Pyongyang's behavior.

In rare public statements, a top Chinese Communist party official suggested that China abandon North Korea and support unification with South Korea.

"We are in a new territory. Something is happening in China," one of the officials said. "For the North to be acting this way at this time has everyone on edge on what is going on, but nobody has good answers because the country is so opaque. We are trying to find a precedence to explain this."

The worst possible explanation, the official said, "is that the North Koreans don't have a plan. That is when chances for miscalculation are the greatest."

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  5. Raventhorn

    of course he's dangerous. he was handpicked by his father, so he probably spent his entire childhood being taught that north korea was an unbeatable nation, that he himself was it's perfect leader, that america was hell in disguise, etc. someone like that is not only terribly unpredictable, but also extremely dangerous.

    April 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  6. Reticuli

    "Given that for five years they were so angry at the previous president, Lee Myung-bak, why would they mortgage the next five years by being so difficult when a new South Korea leader is just taking office," the first official asked. "It's so very concerning."

    When has the north ever attempted to ease tensions?

    April 1, 2013 at 12:53 am | Reply
  7. James Hay

    Don't Trust Obama To Protect Our Allies And Interests Abroad You Most Certainly Will Regret It.

    March 28, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      How about we agree that you have no clue what you're talking about – perhaps citing an example you didn't see off on fox news would be a start.....The President is protecting our interests and allies- too bad you never get to see it.

      April 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  8. James Hay

    Ignore Whach Jobs Like Kim Il Eun

    March 28, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  9. dcmortmer

    He needs a reality check like maybe a drone carrying a bomb with his name on it .

    March 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  10. USA!1

    Do you people have any life, who cares which dictator is worse?

    March 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • Will

      the ? is USA do you.

      March 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  11. Sam D

    Kim is just a figurehead .. in fact it is his handlers who – while they remain in the background, are controlling policy; and this latest 'military threat' is an attempt by them to extract major concessions from the USA and to a lesser extent, to get more aid from China.

    March 21, 2013 at 9:04 am | Reply
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      March 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  13. Speculus

    Open letter to Kim Jong Un:

    Dear Sir,

    It has become evident that you have no concern for the well-being of you citisens. You do not value the lives of NK soldiers any more than you value the lives of SK or U.S soldiers. It seems that provoking a war is just a simple game to you. It does not matter to you if the end result is a loss of lives of thousands or even millions and you do not care for those left behind to mourn their lost loved ones.

    There is no point in pleading you to think about others, when the only thing that you value is your self. I don't know how you have imagined how the war between NK and U.S would go, but I'm certain that you honestly believe that you can survive such a war. Sir, you could not be more wrong.

    You need to realise that if you start this war it doesn't matter how many U.S soldiers, SK soldiers or SK civilians die, wether the number is zero or two million. From day one to the last day of fighting, you will be the number one target. You will be hunted down, but not for capture, not to be trialed nor jailed. You are going down the same path as Usama Bin Laden, and to the same place the path ends.

    Please concider this.

    March 21, 2013 at 2:06 am | Reply
    • Dom

      Come on now.... The best thing for the new NK leader is a US invasion. He is very aware his country can't continue in its present direction. Once the people realize how much they have been oppressed he will be enemy number 1 i his on country – and perhaps healready is... He can't open up his country without undermining his own personal security. If he tries to change the country to fast his own brainwashed army will turn on him. His safest bet is to provoke a US invasion which wipes out most of his army. He can then get politicol asylum in another country and be safe. NK will be able to unite with SK and follow the path of East Germany.

      March 21, 2013 at 8:54 am | Reply
  14. somebody

    no it was that short guy at the back of the group. ok lets get serious, lets say he attacks first south korea is not fit to fight, but the U.S. along with NATO will back them,the there is china if the side with the north it will be a war of super powers, if kimmys balls drop he'll use his 1 and only nuke but it will half to get driven by truck cause his rockets wont leave the country, his best bet would be ground war with his melnorished troops....

    March 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  15. Will

    the picture of the two looks like a "who farted" i think it was the guy behind kim jong ll

    March 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  16. enuftrashtalk

    Dangerous is not a synonym for stupid.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
    • Will

      bobble head need diet

      March 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  17. JonO

    This is the act of the Illuminati, WW3 is coming. I hope to god we all see this & act, not just sit around & be controlled. we as people need to stand against this corruption

    March 20, 2013 at 4:55 am | Reply
  18. Will

    And when he does strike we'll be ready. along with the rest of the world.

    March 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • yawn

      Great, thanks for speaking like you're in charge of things, you id*ot.

      March 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • Paul Pierce

      I can sum up in one word what makes him more dangerous than his father. Unintelligent

      March 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Reply
      • Max

        Yes, 100% yes.

        March 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
  19. Will

    kim jung un is just a child with new toys who is alway trying to destroy them. he wants to strike first let him. he want to show what power he thinks he has let him but in the end all is destroyed and he is left powerless and this where his mind ends not whats going to happen but after what happens. a saying is said in a game i play on the side "all it takes to change the world, is the will of a single man " kim jung un is that man and all we half to do is wait......wait for change

    March 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  20. TB

    The two primary definitions of a "monarch":

    1. somebody, especially a king or queen, who rules a state or territory, usually for life and by hereditary right.
    2. somebody who possesses exceptional power or influence in an area of activity.

    Kim Jong Un may not think he's a "monarch in the traditional sense, but that's exactly what he is; someone who rules a state or territory with absolute authority, and the position is obtained by hereditary right. Most other Communist countries (at least in Europe) all had Politburos that could remove the nation's leader if he went off the rails (as with Kruschev, Honnecker, etc). North Korea doesn’t even have that.

    North Korea is nothing more than a monarchy where the peasants starve and the royalty and aristocracy eat well (evidenced by photographs of the lad). This family is more “imperialist” than America ever thought of being.

    March 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • Ariana

      Actually you are quite wrong. Most of the power lies with the ruling political party and military. Kim is just a figurehead, an icon.

      March 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  21. cjwp

    "The worst possible explanation, the official said, "is that the North Koreans don't have a plan. That is when chances for miscalculation are the greatest." – I am surprised the officials are so perplexed. What the North Korean leadership is doing is a familiar game of raising the stakes, hoping the rest of the world is relieved when they settle for less than the worst case scenario. It is a familiar game.

    March 19, 2013 at 8:56 am | Reply
  22. grahams

    This kid might have access to grownup toys. I only hope those who own him are more mature and have a better barber.

    March 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  23. History&Religion-prof.

    Maybe he wants to show that he can do better than his father by bringing the unification of Koreas under Communist rule.

    Is anything wrong with that ? from their and Communists perspective....Given the Rampage, Stealing and the Sufferings of the downtrodden in Capitalists Countries ? In Their minds they are Trying to Help others to a better Life....ruled by the Working class...where NO Greed takes hold......Greed and Corruption are big problems for most countries and Commune-ism is just another Ideology to attempt to solve those problems. Whether it does or not, I do Not know !

    March 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Reply
    • Lex Walker

      If you were actually a professor of history and religion you *would* know the answer when it came to whether or not communism was the answer to a renewed peace and sustainable structure. It's not. It hasn't worked yet because Communism assumes total transparency of the people responsible for keeping the communist structure in place and so far no country has been able to wrangle up politicians who could be trusted not to abuse the communist structure in their favor. The best example? NORTH KOREA. Their citizens live in abject poverty as the governing body and military live large at their expense. You want proof communism is not the answer for Korea? Look at North Korea's barely surviving state and then look at South Korea's thriving capitalist state. South Korea is an utter paradise when compared to North Korea (when compared to a great number of places, actually – it's a very clean and beautiful country). That you couldn't figure this much out makes me think you're not a professor of anything, just a NK puppet hired to spout pro-NK rhetoric online. Which is funny in its own right if anyone thinks NK's propaganda machine works anywhere outside the very insular NK government and military.

      March 19, 2013 at 5:44 am | Reply
  24. digifreestylemasterevileyepredator

    Drone them gangum style.

    March 17, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply
  25. digifreestylemasterevileyepredator

    We need to drone them gangam style.

    March 17, 2013 at 11:16 am | Reply
  26. tigermike1

    How long do we haft to wait for north korea to actually send a missile.then the so called anylist well say well they coulndt make it all the way to heart of America. Stirke now and save thousands. I was told kill the few to save the many.not wait and see many they can kill first. Or we can wait in a year when they do have the capabilities to do so. Obama will wait till next president to make a decision so he does not haft govern.
    Instead hill go campaigning some more or golf neglect or military,shut down white house release more prisoners and blame on republicans!! And get north Korea in press conference with kim and generals behind him.

    March 17, 2013 at 6:06 am | Reply
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    March 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  28. pnm9pnm

    look i reit this 2 times ant gona right it agen,.pnm,.

    March 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  29. pnm9pnm

    theres moe to Kim J an NK.hes not looking 4 war or that commy hood he,s with in yet the vote is not hes moves he,s looking 4 better in gov,s as he has cometted any crims up to mow of any tipe an thats not ezy a crime to me is a injustus put 4 by1,.pnm,.

    March 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • Stimpy

      You said it.

      March 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Reply
      • Lex Walker

        Right, but can someone clarify 'it'?

        March 19, 2013 at 5:48 am |
  30. jac999

    The headline asks, if he is more dangerous than his father.
    Suffice it to say, the ones pulling his strings appear to be just as dangerous.

    March 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  31. NomNom

    China should annex North Korea instead of giving it to South; if Korea is reunified by South, they will be a greater threat to regional security, and South Korea will have all their long range missile and nuclear technology! They are all Koreans, and Koreans are crazy!
    Also, I don't think South Korea's can feed 24 million starving people and develope a country that is larger than itself. It will be a disaster to South Korea's economy.

    March 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  32. Rembrant

    A couple of well placed cruise missiles into their nuke facility will quickly shut this little four-footer up.

    March 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • omahakidw

      The problem, most of the non-intellectuals here fail to comprehend, is that allot of people will die prior to the goal of ilimination of this rogue regime. I wonder how many of them have a number in their mind that would be acceptable ?

      March 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Reply
      • JASE

        All of them would be acceptable. Think of what a great vacation spot NK could be if we just got rid of the NK's.
        Why should I care how many die? I wouldn't affect me at all. You can try to use the economic card I guess, however war is a money maker and I would come out on top.

        April 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • Old Enough

      I agree, someone shouls neuter him. Maybe it will be the Chinese? That would be a statement. NK set the precident by attacking SK Territory, Killing SK Soldiers, and sinking SK boats.

      March 19, 2013 at 8:17 am | Reply
  33. johnnydoughboy

    Kim Jong Un appears more dangerous, irrational, and certainly carries more weight than his Father.

    March 15, 2013 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • Hohoho

      "carries more weight than his Father" - I see what you did there.

      March 18, 2013 at 7:01 am | Reply
  34. Pyongfangs

    Nukes sound terrible, so does a leader who is compared to a real life "Rocky". I don't know what this supreme leader is upto but it appears to be a harsh move to have a greater control over over the country then the previous rulers. Kim's age factor is not in question, but the question is does he wants North Korea to turn into the next Baghdad, Afghanistan or Syria ??
    i've come to light about these events rather recently so i would refrain from commenting for or against this man , perhaps a new international peace treaty at cannabis legalized states may lead to some delayed but "concrete" solutions.

    March 14, 2013 at 6:48 am | Reply
  35. Melissa Harper

    I heard today how Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman were made fun of on Saturday Night Live. I was very saddened to hear this. And how CNN and other News media/People are saying about them and talking trash. Who are we to Judge North Korea (Kim Jong Un). He is a young man, who was influenced by his culture, father, and grandfather. He has hopes and dreams as we all do. None of us are perfect, America is not perfect, and after Saturday Night Live showed such a thing that I do not even want to watch, It is shameful. That reflects on all of us, on America. Instead of insulting we should be working on resolving, which would mean showing a good example in America that Kim Jong Un would want to follow. I think it is awesome Dennis Rodman got to meet with him, that was a big step for America, no matter how much the public thinks they are goofy, as I said before none of us are Normal, Perfect. I could find a flaw, a goofiness is everyone. America and the World need severe Prayer, whatever your belief or nonbelief, Pray. As America and the World is changing, so could North Korea, invoking the government to start war because we are bored is not the answer. As Rodman Said, Kim Jong Un has never said from his mouth that he wanted war, it’s his influence around him, the older non influential N. Koreans. Kim Jong Un could bring a great breakthrough to his culture if given the right influence, putting him down and giving the older order the power is not going to bring good change, but disaster, and possible death to a young man who only wanted to see great things, Change, Things he never got to experience because he was dictated by his father and grandfathers before him. Give him a chance and think about your own flaws, would you want someone on here making fun of you and everyone you met in life? Would you want to be belittled before the world, young, trying to break free from bondage, only to find that breaking free would only hurt as bad if not worse than the bondage you lived in..... I would visit Kim Jong Un I give you a thumbs up Dennis Rodman

    March 13, 2013 at 1:08 am | Reply
    • Melissa Harper

      The young man Kim Jong Un is looking good, he looks like he is losing weight, he is happier, less stressed looking. You never know he could bring great change if given the chance. Killing or provoking is not going to bring about the change that we need. War for entertainment is not what we need. Unfortunately there are simple minded people out there that want that. What we need is Peace, working together, to bring Great Change and Order to a world gone to chaos.

      March 13, 2013 at 1:19 am | Reply
      • Kotch

        Wow Harper! YOU ARE A NUT! What does all that flowery BS have to do with anything?

        March 13, 2013 at 8:51 am |
      • Johnny Apple Seed

        NK was saying they are going to nuke us, please give them a chance Miss Harper.

        March 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
      • nerdycat

        hahahaha. You are cracking me up, Ms. Harper.

        First of, non-believers don't pray. We think and reason through facts.

        Second, even in my worst/deepest flaw, I've never dreamed of nuking people because they dont want to hang out with me.

        Third, considering most of the North Korea's population is poor, a lot of people are probably malnourished, that fact that this "young leader" could loose some weight to be healthier says something about the hypocrisy that's going on in that country. Did you know Communism ideology revolve around the idea of a classless, moneyless, and stateless society, where resources belong to all and are to be distributed base on need? Of all of that, only "moneyless" is true of North Korea society.

        And "Would you want to be belittled before the world, young, trying to break free from bondage, only to find that breaking free would only hurt as bad if not worse than the bondage you lived in....." – WHAAT?

        I'm not sure where you get the idea of people wanting to have a "war for entertainment", but your comment is definitely entertaining... and a little concerning (just a little).

        March 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • Bruce

      Its comedy! who cares. go feed your cats

      March 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Reply
    • Jay

      Are you high? Kim Jong Un is the leader of a belligerent nation of lunatics who consistently lay out threats to annihilate the U.S. through nuclear weapons. Domestically, most of their economy goes into beefing up their military while many of their people starve from famine. Their isolationist world ideology "Juche", created by the country's founder, Kim-Il Sung, stresses that they remain independent of all other nations. Because of this, they don't trade and have virtually no economy, and their people rely on foreign aid in order to live. They have NO freedom of speech–their state-run media continuously spouts anti-U.S. propaganda to further their isolationist position. Expressing anti-government opinions is punishable by sentence to re-education camps or imprisonment not only of yourself, but of your extended family, where you are beaten, tortured, forced into hard labor and in many cases executed. Even indirectly disrespecting the effigies of their "Dear Leader" are punishable. And that's on top of his recent ratcheting up of his nuclear program with legitimate threats to attack the U.S. Give him a chance? The day he announces that he's making Gorbachev-like reforms to his country is the day we can start talking. Until then, he's not to be trusted and Rodman–who is a former NBA player in a country whose aristocracy loves basketball–is an irresponsible idiot for going over there.

      March 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Reply
      • Maegan

        I couldn't have said it better myself, Jay. Out of all the responses to this situation you are apparently very in-tune with what is going on. Kudos.

        March 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • Stimpy

      Dennis Rodman is weird but I tend to agree with you that any kind of human contact with Kim J U can't hurt. We should buy him tickets to the NBA championship and maybe a seat at the WSOP main event. Expand his horizons. Buy him a new pair of kicks. Put him in his own gangnum video.

      March 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • JakeF

      Who is paying you to write this stuff? Comedy gold!

      /oh... and Saturday Night Live IS a comedy show, in case you didn't realize this Miss Best Korea

      March 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  36. NLH

    Since the media only gives us bits and pieces, if any, of the U.S. dealings with nuclear power hardware, et al. I am looking for some clarification about an article I read when Jr was in office. In a report by the BBC, Jr made a deal with N Korea to waive inspections of their nuclear power program... you know, the inspections that prevent governments from using spent rods to make bombs. According to this report, Jr also gave N Korea some mulla to help them get the job done faster, because N Korea's current nuclear power system was aging. Also mentioned in the article was that Jr's act of generosity was to make up for calling N Korea part of the 'Axsis of Evil'. Do a search. The article is easy to find. Also, at the same time Jr was amping up N Korea's new nuclear power system, Rumsfeld sat on the board of directors of a company that sold rods to N Korea, and other countries.
    And the sanctions on N Korea's foriegn exchange bank that is well known for funding N Korea's nuclear program is only now cut off from the U.S. financial system. What's up with that? Are you telling me that it's okay to indirectly fund N Korea's nuclear program, until they start bragging about it and popping off fireworks?
    And please oh please tell me that when you say that this kid you held such high hopes for was educated abroad, that he wasn't educated HERE!??? It would not suprise me in the least. Not at all.

    March 13, 2013 at 12:13 am | Reply
    • NLH

      And Jr hands Iraq to N Korea's best buddy: Iran. Brilliant, Jr.

      March 13, 2013 at 12:23 am | Reply
    • pile

      Are you kidding me?
      Did you get this from wikapedia?
      I never like JR but really, you are either a gullible fool or just an agent of nonsense.
      Get a real job in the trade and try that again.
      PS, your posts only help to further this dis information.
      BYW, hundreds of Thousands die in NK – from starvation and yet they push on with cold war rhetoric.
      When you choose a side to stand on, just rememeber that you have the interent, a cell phone, constant power, public librabries ( where you can go get warm if nothing else ), and the ability to write what you want.
      This is america. love it or leave it. If you leave it why not go to NK? really? something holding you back? like your freedom? Let me know about that

      March 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  37. johnny

    I think even China's patence with North Korea must be reaching the limit of tolerance.

    NK needs cannot afford the arrogance and aggression simply because it is a bankrupt country. Most North Koreans are living in abject poverty, with nothing decent to eat and definitely little electricity supply in their homes.

    In 1979, China taught a lesson to their once close ally Vietnam, by launching a strong across the border attack.

    So, any more further NK outrageous provocations of war in that region, may not be tolerated by the new Chinese Government.

    March 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  38. charles bowen

    Boys letting his alligator ego overload his hummingbird butt......China needs to tighten this bad dogs leash....Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    March 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  39. Ghost Protocol

    I'm sure this will stir things up as well i'm going to use 911 as an example (threat – no compliance = 911)
    America Doesn't Acknowledge Threats / we hear you but its like telling someone Ill kill you but they're holding the gun.
    911 would've never happened had U.S. not had a solution before hand. The outrage stemmed from the lives lost during the conflict but the opposition doesn't regard the hell they'll have to pay for inaccurate decisions. It's called a BLUFF. flying planes into the WCT was a devastating but cheap war tactic in comparison to technology that the U.S. in-bodies.

    March 12, 2013 at 7:58 am | Reply
  40. Ghost Protocol

    if you are going to post comments w/ questionable information please don't. I would like to say we are Americans(The most spiteful people on earth subliminally ) and yes we have multiple situations of our own at hand that need panning but its not going to happen. Think about it for a second . I believe the same moment that Kim tenses his vocal chords to initiate a strike the U.S. intel will have 80% of that country up in smoke. I hate to admit it but america always have been and always will be the true dictators. The outlook to this is much bigger. Americas more concerned with his ignorance than the actually idea of him applying action. America does not take kindly to threats especially when they invented the concept. Along with the pre determined strategy if the threat approach does not exact conditions.

    March 12, 2013 at 7:45 am | Reply
  41. Dave

    it was a ship, not a sub that was sunk in 2010. ROKS Cheonan (PCC-772) 26 March, 2010.

    March 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  42. david clements

    All HUMANS are basically no better or different than locusts and/or any other species that Exodus's and/or Migrates. This is nothing NEW and as long as people FEAR death and/or SYMPATHIZE with the "DEVIL"; they should expect nothing less than the "ENEMY" just walking into your house and telling you to leave or DIE. AMERICA has become its own worst ENEMY. Making America the ENEMY within! What a PITY. The best tricks are old tricks with modern twists.

    March 11, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • God

      I hate to tell you...Gods not real. Classic example of someone personifying parts of human behaviour they do not wish to accept with a man in the clouds etc etc. Sigh...this is the real evil...Religion

      March 12, 2013 at 4:22 am | Reply
      • Common Sense

        Hate to tell you.... but you can not prove God is not real. The real evil isnt religion. The real evil is lack of knowledge and trying speak on things you have no clue about.

        March 12, 2013 at 10:02 am |
      • Tomah

        the devil is your stupidity.

        March 12, 2013 at 10:11 am |
      • Lex Walker

        @Common Sense The burden of proof isn't on non-believers, it's on anyone who insists an unseeable and unprovable being created all of time and space. That's the statement that has no bearing in fact and therefore is the one that must be proven. Meanwhile, scientists are making an excellent case for no God each and every day as they investigate the Higgs-Boson particle. The anti-God theory for the universe has plenty of evidence and it's not even the side that needs to produce it, religion can't say the same.

        March 19, 2013 at 5:59 am |
      • Plutonium

        God is in your head.

        – An atheist with an IQ of 142.

        March 20, 2013 at 5:56 am |
      • Maegan

        The Higgs-boson particle is being researched still to conclude if we are truly suspended in nothing or if our universe is in a "bubble" type state that will eventually expire. It is a common misconception in the media.

        March 30, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  43. finman2013

    I can't believe people don't remember the strategy of détente from the cold war days. North Korea is in such bad shape that this new meglamaniac has to divert attention from domestic problems to making threats and "dramatic" announcements. He's a wannabe look at me Hitler. If one nuclear missile is launched then his pathetic parcel of earth is a radioactive for awhile. P.S. D rodman. you are the biggest loser on this planet, ever.

    March 11, 2013 at 10:03 am | Reply
  44. sand

    of course usa are afriad faced with a nuclear weapon pointed at there faces its game over good bye usa soldier googbye dmz.

    March 11, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
  45. James J. Jurovic

    Let me explain somethng here people, the US has enemies all over the world and they could be conspiring together first off. Next, to continue to place sanctions on NK is not a good idea! Think about this, if your country has no money left, no food left, and no one is helping you what do you have left? War! Corner an animal and they will fight!

    March 11, 2013 at 3:41 am | Reply
    • david clements

      Couldn't agree with you more. WE are already spread out all over that region. Israel is in the epi-center. History repeats infinitely. Why keep prolonging the inevitable?

      March 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • RP

      I agree with you and all sanctions should be lifted to give them a chance to calm down.Peace is better than war by all
      means.All NK is doing is trying defend itself at present but if patience gets very thin than there is war which we dont want to see innocent people and kids dying.

      March 12, 2013 at 7:30 am | Reply
    • Lex Walker

      You can't be serious. Clearly you don't understand how hopeless North Korea's situation is. Their current rhetoric has alienated them from the one ally they still had in the world: China. If North Korea decides to choose war, they're outgunned technologically from every side. North Korea going to war is the greatest and last mistake the military regime of that country would ever make. Things have changed drastically since the Korean War, and the world's ability to wage war has become far more advanced while North Korea's has stagnated. If it happens again, it won't be the same outcome, it will be North Korea's decimation with the death of Kim Jong-Un and the majority of its military ruling class with the US and China working with South Korea to help North Korea (assuming there still is a NK and ultimately not just a unified K) right itself after years of ruling that has thrust it into poverty. The rest of the world has nothing to fear from a war with NK.

      March 19, 2013 at 6:08 am | Reply
  46. bobhamiltonchicago

    If wisdom comes with age, experience and education, North Korea is in more trouble than they realize. I'm afraid that Kim Jong XBox thinks he will just hit the reset button and play a new game after he loses this cool game he found.

    March 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  47. Navyvet8192

    I just wonder if he's going to try and nuke us "Gangnam Style" If the rhetoric and posturing gets to be too much, we can always just "Send in the drones,...Send in the drones,... They're already here!"

    March 10, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  48. impact

    Wow, this guy could be a Republican Congressman. Scorched earth all the way.

    March 10, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • david clements

      Exactly the point. From the ashes the Phoenix shall rise...

      March 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
      • God

        Hello my son David, please do thy will and not blaspheme...The Phoenix is a mythological fantasy creature that does not are worshipping a fake god. I believe this was listed as a "no no" by my daughter Moses on the clay tablets upon the mountain after I spoke as a burning bush. This was also Moses' first run in with LSD but that's another story...anyhoo...I don't know what would posses you to think a Phoenix is going to rain fire anyway. If I was going to do it that way I would at least use a dragon. The Phoenix in 'Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix' definitely ruined their badass image. Peace out...the holiest of holes....GOD

        March 12, 2013 at 4:30 am |
  49. Jason

    Yes. Kim Jong Un threatens the worlds food supply by eating it all.

    March 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  50. NGB

    Switch North Korea with Iran and Kim with Ahmadinajad and you will have a totally different tone in the comments. Good job media. Heck Iran hasn't even said that it will nuke the U.S.

    March 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • andres

      But Iran has said that it will do so to Israel, and now that North Korea has tested the Iranian designed nuclear weapon for them, and the Iranian designed missles as well, they not only have a tested weapon but a tested delivery system as well. The major difference between Iran and N Korea is that Iran will bomb Israel, N Korea is just increasing the rhetoric to gain more assistance from the US. It has worked many times before, and may work again.

      March 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Reply
      • NLH

        Oh there's that Israel again... seems to be a part of any unrest... and of course we must come to their rescue!

        March 12, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
  51. Rico53

    We here reading this don`t have access to detailed info on him ,but in my opinion i don`t think he is anymore dangerous than his father, he has learned to rattle his sabre like his father, just a little harder words to show his military leaders how tough he is. I believe he is better educated than his father , that makes him a little more dangerous , may have learned a few more tricks in the cyber war, but not stupid enough to point a little gun at the United States...but I could be wrong and he just might be that stupid after all , we shall see.

    March 10, 2013 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • andres

      In spite of what the 'analyists say, North Korea likely has a small enough nuclear weapon and missle delivery system thanks to the Iranians. He is much more dangerous. His country is sinking deeper and deeper into poverty and he not only needs to keep the people at bay but more importantly the powerful military happy. Some say that he was directly in charge of the sinking of the S Korean ship and shelling of the S Korean Island. Yes much more dangerous.

      March 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  52. pnm9pnm

    who knows?kim j is an looks tuff then theres veitnam charly humm?pnm,.

    March 10, 2013 at 5:44 am | Reply
  53. Vikas Sharma

    East meets West

    March 10, 2013 at 1:26 am | Reply
  54. Tommy

    I think he is hot!!!! is he single? LOLjk

    March 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • Nathan

      It's the hair

      March 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • Really

      N. Korean Leader Kim Jong Un is a person who, both loved and admired his Father. Loyalty is very good and it is easy to see why Kim is standing strong, he got it from his Father, Kim Jong II. Peace is a good thing. Rodman must have saw something all are missing. Peaceall.

      March 9, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
      • Victor Junior


        March 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
  55. Sarai

    This guy is crazy as it comes....

    March 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  56. richard_nogin

    This dude is 70 kilos of poo stuffed into a size 9 shoe.

    March 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  57. 2bits

    My 2 cents worth: He is insane like Hitler and will push the world into bad things. Of course, he will end up just like Hitler who will always be known as a monster. It's just a matter of time before his insanity does something like Holmes and then a ticked off USA sends NK back to the stone age.

    March 9, 2013 at 10:20 am | Reply
  58. hai

    I think every leader is Dangerous at some point or the other. Look all around you.

    March 9, 2013 at 10:16 am | Reply
  59. Red Walls

    Yes...I believe he is more dangerous, but not for the reasons you would think. He would be more dangerous than his father because he is unlike his father. His people love him. He is a much kinder ruler, therefore the loyalty his people would have would be undying. Also, the South is aware of this and would be more willing to negotiate with him.

    March 9, 2013 at 10:02 am | Reply
  60. RP

    Give the young man a break ,stop making fun of him , the more whole world tries to corner him ,his gonna get more

    March 9, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
  61. Tahir

    I dont think both are dangerous than Reagon, Bush and Obama.These three have killed more people than any other head of state.

    March 9, 2013 at 8:23 am | Reply
    • EZlife

      I guess the name, Josef Stalin, never entered your mind. Or Mao Tse Tung. Or Ghengis Khan.

      March 9, 2013 at 9:34 am | Reply
  62. wilsonarden


    and i checked with the better business bureau and was told that it is all legit. how they can sell

    gift cards, laptops, cameras, and all kinds of goodies that we all want for 50-90% off, i don't

    know. i do know that i bought my son an ipad there for less than $100 and my husband a $250

    loews gift cards for $48. why would i even think about shopping anyplace else?

    March 9, 2013 at 8:09 am | Reply
  63. Muky

    Nuke them all!

    March 9, 2013 at 1:05 am | Reply
  64. RobertC

    I am amazed these experts are dense enough to think he is actually in charge of the government. He does not run North Korea any more than Carl Gustav runs Sweden. The North Korean military has set up a self-perpetuating regime. Kim is a showpiece, that's it. Classic figurehead monarchy.

    March 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Reply
    • Bruce

      Where does North Korea get their weapons. Doesn't the U.N. step in at some point and cut them off?

      March 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  65. mlg4035

    My opinion is that conditions in North Korea have gotten so bad that it threatens to cause a peasant revolution. Historically NK has used outward belligerence to mask internal strife, and I think that's the case here. If the sanctions manage to cut off the flow of luxuries like steak, expensive jewelry, Hennessy, cigars, etc. to the elite(the only real reasons to live that they have) then I think Jong Un's days are numbered, and correspondingly, he's ramping up the war mongering rhetoric to maintain what little order is left in that country: the threat of violence from "outside" is a powerful unifying force...

    March 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • DarkCheetah

      I think they said they actually were cutting them off of the luxuries

      March 8, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  66. Bob

    You have to give the kid some slack. Him being a new father and all. Kim, Kim, get up its your turn to feed the baby, Kim, Kim, get up, it's your turn to change the diapers. & that hair cut, I would imagine that just scares the heck out of the baby, making it cry even more. The poor kid can't get any sleep so he's lashing out at the world.

    March 8, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • john

      Scary thing is Bob , you could have it right . Wouldn't surprise me if something as simple as that is the reason he is being a weenie .

      March 11, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
  67. St Xavier

    Kim Jung Un is still a child in body as for his education an under standing of the world's complexity's. He's fat an sassy an enjoys his steak an wine why should he worry. As for his fellow country man these people
    we should feel sorry for he's not really running the show but is let do as he wishes by the generals an other hanmdlers are.
    Do you really think your own parents would let you get away with such beheavor ( as in Kim Jung Un case ). After all he's only 20 years old still in dippers. Like it's been said in one of the other coments he will disapper never to be heard from again one day when the generals are finnish with him.

    March 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  68. CharlieSeattle

    ...Is Kim Jong Un more dangerous than his father?


    That's like asking if Porky Pig is meaner than Elmer Fudd.

    March 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Reply
    • john

      Huh ?

      March 11, 2013 at 8:39 am | Reply
  69. Cesar

    i also think that kim jong un is in charge but he's not his fathers chronies and the people with a lot of money/power-- who would be very hostile towards any sign of Kim Jong Un trying to change its government and end this insanity-- are the actual people running the show.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  70. Cesar

    N.Korea is acting very irrational, their behavior is very unstable and it seems like they have their backs against the wall and their options are running out. This probably why they are acting so insane, usually the North would threaten or do something that was destabalizing and then back off because they knew they would get some kind of aide from The USA. Now the US and the rest of the world is no longer taking the bait which would explain their belligerence

    March 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • Cesar

      Kim Jong Un would have a "tragic accident" in the near future

      March 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  71. Toni Doswell

    Hopefully love will fill our hearts and minds enough that no leader such as "Little Kim" will be able to penetrate that love to the extent that hurt will come to these shores. Let us show solidarity and love.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  72. Toni Doswell

    "Kim Jong Un" is looking for the loopholes int he United States fabric which he can make larger. He sees we over here are not united and are not working together, and that is enough for him to feel he can invade us at any time. We over here must begin acting as adults, not children. The Republicans hate the President– that is evident. Some of the Democrats are two sided, and no matter what goes on it is a struggle to get anything done. The whole world is watching and this makes us appear weak and ineffective because we cannot run our own house. Chavez's successor also expressed that he doesn't like the United States. Yes, the other countries are watching and when those in Congress lash out to hur the President, they are actually hurting themselves. We need each other and we need to hang together. Kim Jong Un and no other head of state will be able to hurt is if we show solidarity. the newscasters need to stop making inuendoes about our President and leadership over here. Other countries don't do it and the respect element is much higher. Our supposed "transparency" has become a nightmare– telling everything– telling too much, maligning and crushing our own. "A house divided against itself cannot stand.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • EZlife

      Here's a thought........maybe our own "Dear Leader" should cease making divisive speeches.

      March 9, 2013 at 9:37 am | Reply
    • summero2

      Do you think it might just be possible that we here in America are a bit more worried about Obama and his significant influence in our lives and freedoms than we are with this troll in NK? I for one want my freedom, want to keep my job from being outsourced, want my taxes to stay somewhere below 50%, want the social security I have been paying into for 30+ years to be payed back when I am old and defensless, and want my military to protect our sovreignty. Those are pretty simple expectations, that I THINK most Americans would agree with. What the hell is so hard with that? Please don't compare apples to oranges. Kim Jung Un is a joke. Obama is a nightmare. We need to fix ourselves before fixing NK.

      March 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Reply
      • zendae

        Finally a knowledgeable post. For those who think they know politics but don't, you should be far more concerned about your own government who is already in your backyard; and far more concerned about the China that intends to keep N. Korea fully corralled, than N. Korea itself. N. Korea is a mouse that roars. Washington and Beijing d barely whisper the things we all really need to be aware of.

        March 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
  73. Ross

    The few things we know about the leaders of North Korea are scary enough. But the historical precedence is there they are revered as demigods, or at least that's the rhetoric which I would expect to make each generation of leaders progressively less stable. When you are tough that you are a god and that you can do no, how can you be a rational individual that is able to make sound reasonable decisions. Why would you truly consider the needs of your people when you are not just a king but a god in your own wright.

    The fear should be that he becomes a Caligula, or perhaps even a David Koresh type leader who decides to take his people with him when things get bad.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  74. Red Pill

    Being naive is dangerous.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  75. JohnC

    Why should people be surprised that North Korea has threatened a pre-emptive strike? Israel and America have both done so often, and they have less reason or justification to feel threatened by other countries. North Korea would be justified under the UN charter in launching a pre-emptive attack on the USA. Whether it would be wise to do so is another matter.

    March 8, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • Sam D

      Too bad... you simply don't have a clue!

      March 21, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
  76. alumette

    spoiled and fool of himself without a clue as to the world of politics. Yes, he is dangerous because he has armies of idiotic zombies who are following him. Not a good mix,

    March 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  77. sv2000

    like a teenager, this kid does not know where he stands, doesn't understand the world around. He needs a X-box or PS3 so he can play shootings without hurting himself. this guy still has a lot of growing up to do. ... feel so sorry for the north Korean people have to, helplessly, put up with another miserable generation. let he make a move so the South Korean can go up there to take this guy away.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • alumette

      they are idiotic brainwashed fools. I do not feel sorry for these people but I think we should watch them very closely....very closely, indeed. They could manage to do some harm and make Al-Qaeda look benign.

      March 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  78. JohnParryJones

    The kid is a figure head. The generals still run the country.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • Aashen

      Nope; Have you forgotten last July and the shakeup of military brass starting with Ri Yong-Ho? And the generals never ran the country anyway, best guess is the transition was carried out by Kim Jong Il's sister Kim-Kyong-hui (Un's aunt) and her husband Jang Sung-taek. For the Kim family, everything has always been about maintaining their grip on power in North Korea, and not even Kim Jong Il's death would have swayed them from that #1 goal.

      March 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  79. CIA

    NK, go ahead and make it your day, loser.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Reply
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