Kim Jong-Un’s dangerous nuclear game with world seen signaling uncertainty at home

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com

SEOUL — North Korea’s high-profile nuclear threats despite international warnings of consequences that could jeopardize the country’s economic future signals instability in Kim Jong-Un’s regime that could trigger internal backlash, an analyst here said.

Kim Jong-Un visits the West Sea Satellite Launch Site in Cholsan county, in this photo released on Dec. 15, 2012.  /Reuters/KCNA
Kim Jong-Un visits the West Sea Satellite Launch Site in Cholsan county, in this photo released on Dec. 15, 2012. /Reuters/KCNA

The destitute nation, during its final stage of preparations for a third nuclear test, increasingly ratcheted up tensions with the United States and South Korea, and even released a YouTube video that shows New York destroyed by a missile attack.

At the same time, the North staged a series of events to instill a sense of patriotism among its people by proclaiming that the country was facing a grave crisis and described toughened international sanctions on its recent long-range rocket launch as a U.S.-led “smear campaign to topple” the communist regime.

The third nuclear test, possibly a simultaneous and multiple-device explosion based on both plutonium and uranium, would give North Korea an indisputable nuclear state status, the source said.

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