Opinion: Kim Jong Un is not crazy
April 2nd, 2013
03:24 PM ET

Opinion: Kim Jong Un is not crazy

By Stephan Haggard, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Stephan Haggard is professor at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is the co-author of "Famine in North Korea" (2008) and "Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea" (2011) and co-editor with Marcus Noland of a blog about North Korea.

(CNN) - March brought us a series of what pundits like to call "provocations" by North Korea. On closer inspection, Pyongyang has opted for rhetoric over actual military actions.

While Kim Jong Un's pursuit of nuclear and missile capability remains worrisome, escalating signals of resolve could suggest nervousness as much as strength.

So, is the regime in trouble?

Read the full take on CNN's OPINION page.


Filed under: Kim Jong-un • North Korea
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  1. Chester Drawers

    Take a good look at the face of this Kim Jong Un and see the sullen cruel blank expression, and then take a look at the face of Nero or Caligula, Roman Emperors who were singularly cruel and stubborn. This man is insane and will lead his nation ot ruin beyond imagination. Best thing to happen to him is a drone strike and save everyone a lot of trouble. Failure to eliminate this individual will proximally lead to his ordering the use of his bomb(s).

    April 3, 2013 at 2:57 am | Reply
    • Pak sun

      @Chester–I wasn't aware that any photos of Nero or Caligula existed, or did you teleport back in time to their local watering holes for confirmation? Do you have some plutonium I can borrow for my teleporter? I'm almost out.

      April 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  2. 1371usmc

    Even if he is not crazy he dang sure is very stupid

    April 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  3. MAry Ann Gonzales

    I know it may sound pitiful, but I REALLY believe, when folks feel they have no way out–they begin to self
    destruct. This is not something to gleefully ponder–but with sober reflection realize this means this
    type usually wants to take as many people as possible with that destruction. There is HOPE–because
    I believe this is also a CRY for help–but WHO is the person who can offer diplomacy at a time like this
    DIPLOMACY is what we should be trying to do–. I don't mean appeasing a bully– I mean humanly
    approaching this situation with the right person who can speak to this young leader who has "nothing
    to lose" at this point. Many people are in danger–including the U.S and I think stepping away from
    attacking back with belligerance– is the right move.

    April 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Reply

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