The latest appearance of the North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un in a showy white uniform with golden epaulets he aroused curiosity and even some hilarity in international observers. But, like all public gestures of the head of Pyongyang, it has its own specific meaning and is linked to his privileged relationship with the figure of his grandfather, the founder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Kim Il Sung. It was in fact the latter, still formally president of North Korea despite having died in 1993, who wore a white uniform at the victory parade, after the signing of the armistice in 1953.
Kim Jong Un appeared in the white uniform of a grand marshal at last Monday’s parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army, the official news agency KCNA reported. On the same occasion, he announced a strengthening of the nuclear arsenal “as quickly as possible”, arguing that these devices will be used against anyone who violates North Korean “fundamental interests”. Even more disturbingly, he added that nuclear weapons “can never be limited to a single war deterrent mission,” even if that is their basic purpose. In short, the sinister message is that Pyongyang reserves the right to «first strike»to strike preventively.
A clear message in the run-up to the US president’s visit to Asia Joe Bidenexpected the week between 20 and 24 May in Tokyo and Seoul, and the imminent assumption of office of the new South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol on 11 May, who will meet Biden on 21.
Yoon is a conservative and in the South Korean election campaign foreshadowed a far tougher stance than his predecessor, Moon Jae-in, towards separated cousins in the North. It is therefore in fact a further worsening of the climate between the two halves of the Korean Peninsula.
Seoul today reiterated its request to Pyongyang to stop the provocations. “Our government and the international community have maintained the position that North Korea should stop all acts that increase tension, including the advancement of its nuclear capabilities, and return to the negotiating table,” said an official from the ministry. Unification, according to the Yonhap news agency.
Kim’s white uniform, however, tells something else. The North Korean leader, in recent years, has preferred to wear the black uniform of the Korean Workers’ Party more often, characterizing himself as the country’s civilian leader. Instead, the white uniform is that of a grand marshal, as indicated by the showy shoulder pads.
The white uniform was worn by Kim Il Sung in the victory parade in July 1953, which followed the signing of the armistice that ended the fighting in the Korean War that began in 1950. In short, the leader wanted to highlight to his people and observers his role as Supreme Commander of the Army.
It is not the first time that Kim Jong Un tends to assimilate his figure to that of his grandfather. Thanks to a notable physical resemblance, the third member of the dynasty often suggests an association with the founder of the DPRK more than with his father, Kim Jong Il, who had a much more introverted disposition, so much so that the North Koreans did not actually know his voice. . This is a sign that a further strengthening of the personality cult around a leader is to be expected, who could be characterized less and less as the benevolent benefactor of the homeland and more and more as a powerful military leader.
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