Saturday 16 December 2017

Jean Lee: Leader's chilling nuclear threats may be more bark than bite

North Koreans march through Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday
North Koreans march through Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday

Jean Lee

Across North Korea, soldiers are gearing up for battle and shrouding their jeeps and vans with camouflage netting. Newly painted signboards and posters call for "death to the US imperialists" and urge the people to fight with "arms, not words".

But even as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is issuing midnight battle cries to his generals to ready their rockets, he and his million-man army know full well that a successful missile strike on US targets would be suicide for the outnumbered, out-powered North Korean regime.

None of the key players in the region wants or expects another Korean War – not even the North Koreans.

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