Waiting for North Korea

“Our intercontinental ballistic missiles are on standby … If we push the button, they will blast off and their barrage will turn Washington, the stronghold of American imperialists and the nest of evil … into a sea of fire.”

The North Korean Deputy Defense Minister just made this threat. Fortunately, North Korea has not succeeded in reducing its nuclear weapons to the size that would fit on top of a missile, according to U.S. intelligence estimates.

But that day will come. Until then, the threats are largely bluster. So are that regime’s threats to reign havoc on South Korea.

The inner workings of Kim Jong Un’s new order are essentially impossible to fathom. He has fired some of his father’s favorite generals. But his father’s sister and her husband, pillars of the old regime, still seem powerful.

What is clear is that these threats have mobilized the North Korean people behind the regime. Watch to see what the regime does with its mobilized people. That is all we can do.

Marvin Zonis is Professor Emeritus, Booth School of Business, The University of Chicago and can be reached at marvin.zonis@chicagobooth.edu

3 Responses to "Waiting for North Korea"

  1. Nick Redman   March 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    N. Korea needs to be nuked, everyone is tired of there egotistical dumbass cockyness, they talk the talk but are to scared to walk the walk. Just get rid of them so we can post up and deal with china next.

    • Falk Burger   March 21, 2013 at 11:24 am

      "Let's use the Ay-rabs to test the neutron bomb!
      They hate us anyway, and who'll miss them when they're gone?"
      -Chuck Wagon and the Wheels- (1978)
      Yeah, baby! No need to think before we speak!

  2. Barry Pott   April 4, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I just don't understand why can't these countries and the people live in peace. Why are there threats given always?