The powder keg in Northeast Asia 「北東アジア」における火薬庫
The powder keg in Northeast Asia
The world’s attention is focused on the chaos of the Middle East, but a time bomb is ticking in northeast Asia. Mysterious, heavily armed North Korea is a threat that at the moment seems out of sight, but it cannot be out of mind.
The focus of the danger Pyongyang poses for its neighbors and the rest of the world is on Kim Jong-un, the 32-year-old third generation of the Kim dynasty that rules North Korea. Mr. Kim has neither the experience nor the training to be a reliable leader armed with intercontinental weapons of mass destruction. He was the second or third choice of his father, Kim Jong-il, to succeed him. It is not clear ― nothing in North Korea is ― why his elder brothers gave up their opportunity to mount the throne. Perhaps they wanted to lead less onerous and less dangerous lives. One of them may be standing by, tutored by China, as a replacement, if and when.