Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Posts Tagged ‘Kim Jong-UN’

Twit for Twat

Posted by jonathanfryer on Thursday, 10th August, 2017

Trump KimThe war of words between Washington and Pyongyang has intensified alarmingly. Each side threatens the use of nuclear weapons and neither is led by someone one could consider 100% rational. Kim Jong-Un, like his father and grandfather before him, is surrounded by sycophants; just look at how the smiling generals around the Supreme Leader hold their open notebooks ready to write down every pearl of wisdom that emerges from his mouth (knowing full well that he could order their execution should they displease him in any way). The fact that he usually sports a haircut that helps make his image laughable in Western countries does not seem to worry the citizens of North Korea. Besides, in that he has a soulmate in Donald Trump, whose orange-hued countenance and blonde comb-over are beyond ridiculous. It is all too easy to make fun of these two men, but the harsh reality is that they could wipe out the lives of millions of people at the press of a button and seemingly not care one jot about the consequences. Mr Trump even has  “Christian” spiritual advisor who claims the Bible says it is OK to annihilate Kim Jong-Un. What makes the situation even more surreal is that so much of the rhetoric is taking place on social media. Yesterday, Donald Trump made the odd claim on twiter that he has modernised the US nuclear arsenal since coming to power (a truly miraculous achievement in 200 days!) and it would not surprise me one bit if he were to announce nuclear war with North Korea through a tweet. One just hopes that someone in the Pentagon has a safety catch on the nuclear button. The Cuban missile crisis was my first experience of awareness of great international events that could shape the world, but the current stand-off between the leaders of the United States and North Korea strikes me as potentially even more dangerous, given that China retains friendly relations with Pyongyang. All too easily things could escalate through a process of tit for tat — or should one say, in view of the personalities involved, twit for twat.

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Let’s Cool It over Korea!

Posted by jonathanfryer on Friday, 14th April, 2017

Kim Jong-Un nukesJapan has reportedly drawn up contingency plans to evacuate 60,000 of its citizens who live in South Korea. This follows more sabre-rattling (or should one say, ballistic missile rattling) by North Korean hereditary despot Kim Jong-Un and the Americans diverting a naval force towards the Korean peninsula. President Donald Trump has said bluntly that he will “deal with” North Korea himself if he has to. Such bravado doubtless goes down well among Trump supporters, but not necessarily in either South Korea or Japan. They both have reason to worry about the unpredictable nature of the leadership in Pyongyang, though they have come to understand that Mr Kim’s bark is usually worse than his bite; indeed, part of his grand-standing and repeated insistence that his country is in mortal danger from foreign forces is a familiar ploy to try to keep his people behind him. Those that in any way oppose him, incidentally, risk imprisonment, torture and death. But as the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington rages, voices in Seoul have been advising caution. Indeed, the lead candidate in the presidential election called to find a replacement for ousted Ms Park, has used this tense time to urge dialogue with the North. China, meanwhile, has called for tension over North Korea to be halted before what it calls an “irreversible” stage. It would appear than in East Asia these days, Churchill’s old maxim tat jaw-jaw is better than war-war has fans. US Vice-President Mike Pence is off to Seoul on Sunday, so let’s hope he can cool things down, too.

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