Korea Life: What Do Koreans Think of Kim Jong Un and North Korea
“Pyongyang will reach the final preparation stages for test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICMB)”, said Kim Jong Un, the leader and dictator of North Korea, on his New Year’s public address. Inevitably, a statement like that is bound to cause worry for the rest of the world. The United States outgoing Defence Secretary Ashton Carter last week vowed to “shut down” and shoot down any North Korea missile launch or test headed to the US and/or any of its allies, like South Korea and Japan. US Presidential elect Donald Trump said in a tweet that “it won’t happen“.
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
The international community has been very vocal about Kim Jong Un and his regime. However, apart from public officials and ministries like the Unification Ministry, Korean citizens hardly talk about Kim Jong Un and North Korea. Perhaps maybe because they don’t see North Korea as a threat. Regardless, we decided to ask the young and old, working class and unemployed, rich and poor, upper, middle and lower class, and a whole lot of diverse Koreans what they think about North Korea. Our interviews, like always, were conducted via text messages, chat and phone calls, on social media and of course face to face
“As a person who doesn’t have much knowledge about North Korea, I actually have positive thoughts about them. even though we are biologically parted away from each other, our blood and history share the same adversity. However, people get agitated so badly by the mass media that the intention towards the North is very negative. I hope the future president will work hard to [be]re-united once more although I guarantee it will be impossible if the fat c**t[Kim Jong Un] stays in his position”
MinjaeMale, 17 years old, high school student
“North Korea is making nuclear [weapons] so a lot of countries such as USA, and Euro[countries in Europe] say North [Korea] should not develop nuclear technology. If Korea war happens again, we don’t know if the North [will] use nuclear [weapons]. It is so dangerous for countries that are divided.”
MinMale, 19 years old, high school student
“North Korea has maintained a dictatorship for three generations now, starting with Kim Il Sung. There is a popular Korean saying: history reflects the present. We can look to history to predict the future of North Korea and according to history, the future doesn’t look too good for its people [North Koreans] and Kim has no intention of giving up power.”
HyunjinFemale, 25 years old, artist and office worker
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