Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Kim Jong Il conducts military visit

This article says that shortly after the portraits were reported as being removed, Kim visited a military unit near the DMZ. It's impossible to know what the motives behind it were and the article doesn't really try to guess. But the trip does provide some interesting scenarios. Did Kim visit the unit because he was worried about their loyalty or at least wanted to reaffirm it? Was the move part of a larger motive to regain some respect and good will from the military? Probably not, the visit was most likely routine. As Bob said, the removal of the pictures themselves probably aren't significant either. After all, why would anyone wanting to start a coup begin by removing the leader's portraits from a couple public buildings? However, since we know that support for the Dear Leader is limited at best, I suppose a coup or at least the threat of one isn't out of the possibilty.

3 comments:

Catherine said...

I agree that there probably won't be a major uprising or anything like that but isn't it a little suspicious that he visited hours after the picture was reported missing? It made national news and he had to go and make sure nothing was going on and that they were still completely indoctrinated into the system. He can't have his military taking pictures of him off the wall.

Reese Davidson said...

If they put it on KCNA, chances are it is being controlled by Kim....

Mike Malaguti said...

I'm not sure support for Kim Jong Il is limited though. I think that's a typical western observation, but it seems to me that many North Koreans truly respect and even support Kim Jong Il