President Donald Trump just told his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson through a text on Sunday that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with “Little Rocket Man” referring, of course, to the isolated leader and dictator Kim Jong-un of North Korea. As far as the President is concerned, his tough stance against Kim remains as he said: “We’ll do what has to be done.”’
Trump’s declaration now is consistent with what he said last month during his U.N. speech that the U.S. might be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea.
Perhaps Trump’s approach to Kim is not as reckless as his critics believe it to be, maybe because he has a more appreciation of the workings of the mind of Kim. For all his bravado and posturing against Trump and the U.S., Mr. Little Rocket Man is far from the confident leader he wants to project himself to be, especially if he is truly his “father’s son.” Secret audio recordings that came out last year may prove more significant and meaningful today for what they reveal about Kim’s father, and reflective of the current dictator, too.
As the saying goes “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”, a documentary that came put last year shows the glaring similarities between North Korean rogue leader Kim Jong-un and his father. Secret recordings smuggled out of North Korea revealed how the father lambasted his own people while he was in office.
The audio clips featured Kim Jong-il, leader of Korea from 1994 to 2011, where he was heard openly criticizing the “close-mindedness” of his people. At least, he also had the capacity to poke fun at himself, as he was also heard joking about his “small” stature.
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The documentary titled “The Lovers and the Despot “ featured the audio clips that were secretly recorded by a South Korean actress and her film director husband, who were kidnapped by the regime in 1978. They were forced to make films for 8 years for the regime then ruled by Kim Jong-il’s father and grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Il-sung. Kim Jong-il at that time served as the ministry for culture and propaganda.
The couple secretly taped their meetings with Kim Jong-il with a hidden audio recorder. They managed to smuggle the tapes to the U.S. State Department in 1985.
David Straub, a State Department official when the tapes came out last year also offered some insights into the impact tapes then as he said the recordings would be an “intelligence windfall” for the American government. He said: “My jaw dropped. Hours and hours of recordings of Kim Jong Il speaking relatively freely would be an intelligence windfall for the American government, since we’ve never heard him speak before, much less privately.”
Kim Jong-il could be heard in the secret recordings complaining about North Korean movies. He even said:”Why are there so many crying scenes? All of our scenes have crying scenes. This isn’t a funeral, is it?”’ He also said his country’s movies pale in comparison with the films of its neighbor and rival, South Korea. He said that if the quality of their films are to be gauged, the North would still be pathetically in nursery school while South would already be in college.
The most telling part of the tale of the tapes is the similarity between father and son. Greg Scarlatoiu from the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea said the father and son have the same “complex of inferiority.”
Scarlatoiu said the tapes suggested Kim was insecure about so many things including those he loved the most - movies. He said. “Just like his father before, this leader of North Korea must suffer from a complex of inferiority as well. The insecurity was surely something that Kim Jong-un inherited.”