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."

soundoff (1,410 Responses)
  1. Sanford Grimsley

    I’m impressed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and interesting, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something which not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I found this in my hunt for something concerning this.

    http://www.google.de

    April 11, 2021 at 3:48 am | Reply
  2. 우리카지노

    Thank a person so much intended for permitting everyone know what My spouse and i didn't know. I count on working with you.

    http://lifejordan.com/ask2/index.php?qa=user&qa_1=kettleregret0

    April 10, 2021 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  3. vUodSznsbM

    get help with algebra 2 homework write my essay for me reviews research paper on service learning best buy business plan pro

    April 10, 2021 at 11:16 am | Reply
  4. Window Cleaning Service Lincoln Park, Denver, CO

    Fairly high-quality explanation. continue the good work

    https://www.manta.com/c/mkkd5lp/signature-window-washing

    April 10, 2021 at 9:27 am | Reply
  5. Window Cleaning Service Civic Center, Denver, CO

    Thanks for the information.

    https://www.fyple.com/company/signature-window-washing-yss3qvx/

    April 10, 2021 at 7:55 am | Reply
  6. Window Washing Service Villa Park, Denver, CO

    Thanks for wonderful information I used to be in search of this info for my mission.

    https://ebusinesspages.com/Signature-Window-Washing_eb5ap.co

    April 10, 2021 at 7:28 am | Reply
  7. Best Window Cleaning Service Near Me Montclair, Denver, CO

    I'm not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic.

    https://www.cityfos.com/company/Signature-Window-Washing-in-Denver-CO-22578926.htm

    April 10, 2021 at 6:16 am | Reply
  8. Best Window Washing Service Near Me Montclair, Denver, CO

    Keep this going please, great job!

    https://www.brownbook.net/business/49319385/signature-window-washing

    April 10, 2021 at 5:29 am | Reply
  9. Window Cleaning Service Villa Park, Denver, CO

    Thanks for wonderful information I used to be in search of this info for my mission.

    http://www.yellowmoxie.com/550947371.ym#.YDpNflUzbIU

    April 10, 2021 at 4:50 am | Reply
  10. Window Cleaning Service Auraria, Denver, CO

    best i have ever seen!Hello, always i used to check webpage posts here early in the daylight, for the reason that i love to gain knowledge of more and more.

    https://uscity.net/listing/signature_window_washing-9948834

    April 10, 2021 at 4:04 am | Reply
  11. Window Cleaning Service Cheesman Park, Denver, CO

    very interesting , good job and thanks for sharing such a good blog.

    http://www.tupalo.co/denver-colorado/signature-window-washing

    April 10, 2021 at 3:36 am | Reply
  12. Window Cleaning Service West Colfax, Denver, CO

    best i have ever seen!Hello, always i used to check webpage posts here early in the daylight, for the reason that i love to gain knowledge of more and more.

    https://www.showmelocal.com/profile.aspx?bid=23190647

    April 10, 2021 at 3:07 am | Reply
  13. Window Washing Service Barnum West, Denver, CO

    Great article. Couldn't be write much better! Keep it up!

    https://www.merchantcircle.com/signature-window-washing2-denver-co

    April 10, 2021 at 2:40 am | Reply
  14. Fae Noblitt

    http://www.fuenzalida-propiedades.biz/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=premiumporntrailers.com/girlfriendsfilms/

    http://mikemcneilly.mobi/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=premiumporntrailers.com/girlfriendsfilms/

    April 9, 2021 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  15. live22 apk download android

    Ahaa, its good dialogue concerning this article here at this weblog, I have
    read all that, so at this time me also commenting at this place.

    Feel free to surf to my web site; live22 apk download android

    April 9, 2021 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  16. Lilly Purple

    https://my.desktopnexus.com/FrankyTheDuck/

    https://yro.slashdot.org/story/21/03/16/200211/utah-campaign-against-porn-marches-on-with-phone-filter-ban#comments

    April 9, 2021 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  17. Teri Heltsley

    https://www.pinterest.it/donnawilliams6643/_saved/

    https://my.desktopnexus.com/DonnaWilly/

    April 9, 2021 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  18. Window Cleaning Service Highland, Denver, CO

    Keep this going please, great job!

    https://www.localdatabase.com/l/signature-window-washing-denver

    April 9, 2021 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  19. Best Window Washing Service Near Me Southmoor Park, Denver, CO

    https://www.hotfrog.com/company/1253725865336832

    https://foursquare.com/v/signature-window-washing/5d7bca97c8b22b00087da174

    April 9, 2021 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  20. Best Window Cleaning Service Near Me East Colfax, Denver, CO

    Commenting on a blog is an art. Good comments create relations. You're doing great work. Keep it up.

    https://ezlocal.com/co/denver/window-cleaning-service/0916246364

    April 9, 2021 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  21. Window Cleaning Service Jefferson Park, Denver, CO

    I'm not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic.

    https://ezlocal.com/co/denver/window-cleaning-service/0916246364

    April 9, 2021 at 11:13 am | Reply
  22. Best Window Cleaning Service Near Me Highland, Denver, CO

    thanks for sharing!

    https://www.elocal.com/profile/signature-window-washing-20438183

    April 9, 2021 at 10:41 am | Reply
  23. Window Cleaning Service Golden Triangle, Denver, CO

    this is very informative and intersting for those who are interested in blogging field.

    https://www.cylex.us.com/company/signature-window-washing-28558292.html

    April 9, 2021 at 10:10 am | Reply
  24. Eryn Bakker

    http://ultrahighendjewelry.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=premiumporntrailers.com/girlfriendsfilms/

    http://www.paramountbottlemanufacture.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=premiumporntrailers.com/girlfriendsfilms/

    April 9, 2021 at 9:28 am | Reply
  25. Best Window Washing Service Near Me Athmar Park, Denver, CO

    Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You're doing a great job Man,Keep it up.

    https://www.chamberofcommerce.com/united-states/colorado/denver/abrasive-products-manufacturers/2011452241-signature-window-washing

    April 9, 2021 at 8:35 am | Reply
  26. Best Window Washing Service Near Me River North Art District, Denver, CO

    this is very informative and intersting for those who are interested in blogging field.

    http://goldencirclewebdesign.com/content-marketing-in-sam-ramon-ca/

    April 9, 2021 at 7:12 am | Reply
  27. Best Window Washing Service Near Me Montclair, Denver, CO

    Wow this blog is very nice!

    http://activealert.us/content-marketing-in-sam-ramon-ca/

    April 9, 2021 at 6:14 am | Reply
  28. Tricia Bessmer

    http://www.google.de

    April 9, 2021 at 5:45 am | Reply
  29. Best Window Cleaning Service Near Me City Park, Denver, CO

    such a great information for blogger i am a professional blogger thanks

    http://dailynewsviral.info/content-marketing-in-sam-ramon-ca/

    April 9, 2021 at 5:42 am | Reply
  30. Philip Hoppin

    http://capturelossdata.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=premiumporntrailers.com/girlfriendsfilms/

    http://celticreader.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=premiumporntrailers.com/girlfriendsfilms/

    April 9, 2021 at 5:23 am | Reply
  31. Sadie Grupp

    http://www.google.de

    April 9, 2021 at 4:39 am | Reply
  32. Lon Hollo

    Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much, However I am having troubles with your RSS. I don’t know why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody having similar RSS issues? Anyone who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

    http://www.google.de

    April 8, 2021 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  33. Dick Delbosque

    http://www.allbuttgals.com/cgi-bin/atc/out.cgi?id=59&l=tpom&u=https://premiumporntrailers.com/girlfriendsfilms/

    http://bobm.allabouthoneymoons.com/Redirect.aspx?destination=https://premiumporntrailers.com/50plusmilfs/

    April 8, 2021 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  34. live 22

    Let's come back down to earth for a some time.

    A categofy can a person the basics of trading, how tthe markets work and different trading statigic planning.

    You are out to protect your capital first create profits fresh.

    Stop by myy blog post: live 22

    April 8, 2021 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  35. Best Window Cleaning Service Near Me Capitol Hill, Denver, CO

    Thanks for wonderful information I used to be in search of this info for my mission.

    https://www.2findlocal.com/b/13263720/signature-window-washing-denver-co

    April 8, 2021 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  36. italian restaurants orlando

    thanks for sharing!

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.link4blogs.com/22760543/how-to-find-the-best-italian-food-restaurants

    April 8, 2021 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  37. best italian restaurants in orlando

    Wow this blog is very nice!

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.blogdigy.com/the-local-italian-restaurant-has-much-more-to-offer-13456315

    April 8, 2021 at 11:46 am | Reply
  38. best italian restaurants in orlando

    nice information for a new blogger. it is really helpful

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.alltdesign.com/basic-food-options-offered-by-italian-restaurants-19619869

    April 8, 2021 at 11:08 am | Reply
  39. best italian restaurants in orlando

    Impressive! Thanks for the post

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.mpeblog.com/23121470/what-italian-restaurants-have-to-offer-that-others-do-not

    April 8, 2021 at 10:12 am | Reply
  40. best Italian Orlando

    Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You're doing a great job Man,Keep it up.

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.look4blog.com/38646803/italian-restaurants-a-wide-variety-to-choose-from

    April 8, 2021 at 9:41 am | Reply
  41. Italian Orlando

    Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You're doing a great job Man,Keep it up.

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.amoblog.com/how-to-pick-italian-restaurants-21081910

    April 8, 2021 at 7:22 am | Reply
  42. jaw plates

    Chrome layering looks an dreadful lot like items made from stainless steel Yet which material is much better? Discover the advantages and disadvantages of each.

    https://castingtermsfns.mozello.com/blog/params/post/2793070/how-to-choose-the-appropriate-material-for-cone-crusher-liners

    April 8, 2021 at 6:50 am | Reply
  43. sarasota veterinarian

    Enjoyed to read this post, very helpful, thanks.

    https://fruitvillevet.com/

    April 8, 2021 at 6:09 am | Reply
  44. orlando italian restaurants

    This is a very interesting article. Please, share more like this!

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.jiliblog.com/57564771/myths-about-italian-restaurants

    April 8, 2021 at 6:05 am | Reply
  45. 우리카지노

    I love your website. I'm faced. Thank a person.

    https://nerdgaming.science/wiki/Film_Review_Casino_Royale

    April 8, 2021 at 5:53 am | Reply
  46. Chris Herpich

    http://www.google.de

    April 8, 2021 at 3:01 am | Reply
  47. where to buy cheap sildenafil

    order sildenafil online without prescription https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ sildenafil tablets 100mg price

    April 8, 2021 at 2:50 am | Reply
  48. 카지노사이트

    It's a envious article. It's very wonderful and innovative. Who happen to be you to write this particular special article?

    http://bookmarkbirth.com/story7019543/spruce-up-your-keno-winnings

    April 7, 2021 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  49. 우리카지노

    You're therefore amazing. Oh my Jesus. Our god bless you.

    https://zzb.bz/4xqnX

    April 7, 2021 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  50. shredder parts

    Chrome steel is made use of synonymously with stainless steel What are its residential properties ? Hardening of chrome steel.

    http://castingreviewdov.jigsy.com/entries/general/just-how-to-extend-cone-crusher-linings-cover-life-

    April 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  51. Garrett Leblane

    http://collinsvoice.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=premiumporntrailers.com/girlfriendsfilms/

    http://tylerandco.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=premiumporntrailers.com/girlfriendsfilms/

    April 7, 2021 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  52. fine dining Orlando

    Really very happy to say,your post is very interesting to read.I never stop myself to say something about it.You're doing a great job.Keep it up

    http://italianrestaurantorlando.blogofoto.com/29952728/italian-restaurants-perfect-for-sunday-meals

    April 7, 2021 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  53. orlando italian restaurants

    nice information for a new blogger. it is really helpful

    https://www.christinis.com/

    April 7, 2021 at 11:50 am | Reply
  54. 카지노사이트

    It's a envious article. It's very remarkable and new. Who are usually you to write this particular special article?

    http://bookmarkspring.com/story2526066/memoir-of-a-translated-lifestyle-by-trent-et-quarante

    April 7, 2021 at 11:20 am | Reply
  55. 카지노사이트

    At that price, you can premiere as a author. I am so touched. I am just delighted to meet you. Give thanks you.

    https://indiaolx.com/user/profile/95634

    April 7, 2021 at 11:12 am | Reply
  56. 우리카지노

    Amazing. Master. You're a master. Say thanks to you.

    http://letusbookmark.com/story8934731/crazy-eights-a-simple-and-relaxing-card-game

    April 7, 2021 at 8:21 am | Reply
  57. download Live22 apk

    Hey very interesting blog!

    my website download Live22 apk

    April 7, 2021 at 3:19 am | Reply
  58. vardenafil dosage maximum

    why vardenafil dosage over 65 https://vegavardenafil.com/ vardenafil vs tadalafil vs viagra which gives better erection?

    April 7, 2021 at 1:48 am | Reply
  59. Lavona Marionneaux

    make sense, I had not think of it before, well anyways, thanks for sharing mate! keep posted!

    https://papaly.com/categories/share?id=53a8f6281ad64c749601226b5cfbeb72

    April 7, 2021 at 1:22 am | Reply
  60. 카지노사이트

    Amazing. Genius. You're a new wizard. Appreciate you.

    http://bookmarkswing.com/story9068461/the-way-to-upgrade-your-slots-on-your-personal-computer

    April 7, 2021 at 12:18 am | Reply
  61. scr888 download

    But you cannot overlook the benefits belonging to the reciprocal links as successfully.
    Memory Match is a version of the classic memory tile game, but for that iPhone or iPod
    touch.

    April 6, 2021 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  62. Robena Sauceda

    http://ubapfa.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=premiumporntrailers.com/girlfriendsfilms/

    http://inmagic.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=premiumporntrailers.com/girlfriendsfilms/

    April 6, 2021 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  63. buy tadalafil us

    tadalafil pills https://elitadalafill.com/ buy tadalafil us

    April 6, 2021 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  64. tadalafil 40

    what is tadalafil https://elitadalafill.com/ tadalafil max dose

    April 6, 2021 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  65. 안전놀이터

    Thank a person so much regarding allowing myself know what I actually didn't know. I look forward to working with you.

    https://opensourcebridge.science/wiki/Poker_Tables_for_Undesirable_Game_Enthusiasts

    April 6, 2021 at 11:56 am | Reply
  66. Laurene Cristo

    As i used to be a student in class a few, the mum thought i often genuinely must overview The english language previously, and so your lover very well then, i will critique from your category related with educator Ye related with Refreshing Building connected with Beijing. Together with the woman category When i started to review the groundbreaking Principle The english language furthermore to dealt with this sentence framework intended for when. Educator Ye we’ll approach this by mouth The english language, jamming on top of that to publishing.

    https://0rz.tw/h6g9m

    April 6, 2021 at 8:15 am | Reply
  67. Brett Steltzer

    magnificent issues altogether, you just won a new reader. What would you suggest about your post that you made a few days in the past? Any sure?

    http://images.google.co.th/url?q=https://pf247.weebly.com

    April 6, 2021 at 5:38 am | Reply
  68. sWmMcJakMq

    simple weather web service wsdl law best law essay writing service uk i was doing my homework and suddenly writing custom directives in angularjs

    April 6, 2021 at 4:27 am | Reply
  69. clown cbd oil

    Just bookmarked this post as I have found it rather helpful.

    https://aging.com/best-cbd-oil/

    April 5, 2021 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  70. alprostadil pellet

    alprostadil ingredients https://alprostadildrugs.com/ injectable drugs for erectile dysfunction

    April 5, 2021 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  71. live22 apk download Free

    Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the pictures on this blog loading?
    I'm trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it's the
    blog. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    my blog; live22 apk download Free

    April 5, 2021 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  72. ZYECBPPEBm

    need help doing my homework western university essay help not doing my homework best research paper writing service reviews

    April 5, 2021 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  73. clown cbd oil

    The only point I cry over is not having found your blog before.

    https://aging.com/best-cbd-oil/

    April 5, 2021 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  74. 토토

    You're hence amazing. Oh my The almighty. The almighty bless you.

    http://www.synthedit.com/qa/index.php?qa=user&qa_1=thingswim8

    April 5, 2021 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  75. zom

    You're so interesting! I do not suppose I've truly read through anything like this before. So good to find another person with unique thoughts on this subject. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This website is something that is required on the internet, someone with some originality!

    http://www.google.de

    April 5, 2021 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  76. CyEVVSsDmB

    miguel is doing a research paper on new york city's stone wall pride and prejudice essay resume writing service philadelphia homework help assignment help

    April 5, 2021 at 11:08 am | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Leave a Reply to sfweekly.com


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.