Kim Jong-un celebrates ten years in power in a closed country

In an unnamed campaign photo released by the official KNCA news agency on October 16, 2019, North Korean leader confronts Mount Pektu.

Kim Jong-un was 27 years old when his father, Kim Jong-un, died suddenly on December 17, 2011, the day after he was overthrown at the top of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). We can doubt his ability to control the very monolithic rule of the planet. He was officially appointed as the future ruler the previous year and had no experience of power; He was not even a member of the ruling party’s political bureau.

The second heir to the communist world was in danger of being easier than ever, when Kim Jong-un’s father Kim Il-sun, the founder of the DPRK, won in 1994. A military coup if not the collapse of the regime “Weeks or months”, Thus argued Victor Chaw, a former adviser on Asian affairs at the White House. Although he was not expelled, the “great heir” seemed doomed to find himself under the guidance of the Regency Council.

Ten years later, the regime is still alive, and Kim Jong-un is no longer alive: he has undeniable power, hailed as the “Great Leader” in early 2021, appointing him to the same position. Ancestors. And he has made his country a nuclear power and imposed his presence on the international stage – even if it is not recognized.

With a barrage of ballistic missiles and three new nuclear tests, finally, in 2017, North Korea’s entry into the Atomic Energy Club was finalized, with the DPRK considered a direct threat by the United States and their allies. The Security Council (including China and Russia) has already tightened sanctions against the country. Then, after extinction threats and mutual threats from Pyongyang and Washington, the storm persisted.

Annoying goodwill

The Winter Olympics in Pyongyang, South Korea (February 2018) established good relations between the two Koreas and allowed President Moon Jae-in to initiate a dialogue between the United States and the DPRK, which led to the first summit in Singapore (June 2018). Between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. Second, organized in Hanoi (February 2019). It was reduced to: UN. In exchange for the lifting of sanctions, Mr. to close the (ruined) Yongbyon nuclear power plant Kim’s proposal was considered by Washington to be insufficient.

After these two meetings with the President of the United States, Kim Jong-un, the regime’s greatest adversary, was able to impose his massive figure and youthful face on the international stage. “Rocket Man”, As Donald Trump nicknamed him, he achieved the goal of his predecessors: to force Washington to recognize the DPRK as a force to be reckoned with by the world – and to negotiate.

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