Liberty Korea Post correspondent from Pyongyang recently conveyed the general mood of the cadres and Pyongyang citizens following Kim Jong-un’s hawkish rhetoric at year-end.
The town had been buzzing with the tense talk of Kim Jong-un’s “Christmas present” and “new way” targeted toward the U.S. over the past several months. People had been expecting Kim to follow up with a nuclear test or a missile launch, be it an ICMB or SLBM.
According to the correspondent, the majority of the rank-and-file in the military had anticipated that Kim would order military action against South Korea, such as YeonPyeongDo bombing or sinking of Cheonan frigate, or infiltration operation with submarines. They had expected significant actions that would be commensurate with the intensity of Kim’s rhetoric as portrayed by the various propaganda media.
However, the only notable “military action” consisted of two engine tests in DongChangRi, which were not attended by Kim Jong-un. The year ended with an expansion of the Defence Central Committee and the general assembly of the Workers’ Party Central Committee with no meaningful showdown of any sort.
People are grumbling why Kim and the Party put them through the warlike condition in the first place as if they would duke it out with the U.S. but wimped out in the end. Some opine that the only “new way” would be for Kim to surrender.