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2 Kim Jong-eun leads
reunification drive By Kim Myong Chol
"Comrade Kim Jong-eun is a
multi-gifted general of the Mt Paekdu type. He is
second to none in upholding the leadership of the
Party and the Leader, has a strong faith and will,
intestinal fortitude and fire in his belly. He
feels deep moral obligations to revolutionary
comrades in arms, is wily and resourceful,
displays superb leadership qualities. He is
outstanding in arts and martial arts as well as
versed in military affairs." Late North Korea leader Kim
Jong-il, Rodong Sinmun, January 18, 2012
"Self-evidently, given the
presence of foreign troops in Korean soil, neither
the freedom and independence of our people as a
nation nor the free expression of their will can
be taken for granted any longer." North Korean founding father
Kim Il-sung , January 4, 1967
"The American military
presence in South Korea is a primary factor in
making the Korean revolution complicated,
difficult and long-protracted in nature." Kim
il-sung, October 5, 1966
Korean Central News Agency reported on February 20
that the Political Bureau of the ruling Workers'
Party of Korea Central Committee (WKPCC) will call
a Party conference in mid-April to complete the
installation of supreme commander Kim Jong-eun as
new supreme leader of the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK), ideological, political
With precedents as a guide,
it is most likely that the party conference will
name Kim Jong-eun to the twin posts of general
secretary of the WPKCC and chairman of its
military committee. A parallel session of the
legislative Supreme People's Assembly is expected
to appoint him as chairman of the National Defense
Kim Jong-eun is currently a
member of the presidium of the WPKCC's Political
Bureau and vice-chairman of the WPKCC's Military
Kim Jong-eun is likely aiming
to complete three priority strategic policy
objectives left unfinished by the late Kim
termination of American military presence
reunification of Korea
Upgrading DPRK to most
advanced country status
successful completion of these goals will
vindicate him as a legitimate successor to the
Paekdu cause, referring to the Mount Paektu,
revered by Koreans as holy. This Paekdu tradition
was established by the founding father Kim
Il-sung, renowned woman general Kim Jong-suk and
Kim Jong-il. Kim Jong-eun will certainly be
counted among the very few greatest national
heroes and patriots in Korea's 5,000-year history.
He will emerge one of the world's most brilliant
statesmen and military leaders.
Contemporary Kwanggaeto the
Great Kim Jong-eun may
well be called a contemporary Kwanggaeto, a leader
in the 37BC-668AD Koguryo era, as the men share
four key traits.
Firstly, the two leaders
started young. Kwanggaeto, the 19th king of
Koguryo, rose to the throne at the age of 17. Kim
Jong-eun is aged 28.
Similarly, Kim Il-sung
founded the Anti-Japanese Guerrilla Army at the
age of 20. At the age of 31 he arrived at the Far
Eastern Military Command, accompanied by a much
older guerrilla at the invitation of Russia. His
cherubic face prompted a Russian officer to
mistake the two for each other. When Kim Il-sung
was 37, he led North Korea to fight the Korean War
(1950-1953) against the US-spearheaded
international invasion force.
Secondly, Kwanggaeto was also
a brilliant military leader admired by their
much-elder military and government leaders and
benevolent statesmen who consider their population
as their children.
Thirdly, the two share a
fiery pride in the independence of their countries
as a land for heaven-sent people and readiness to
show no mercy in punishing foreign invaders.
Fourthly and most
importantly, Kim Jong-eun's ascension is certain
to herald a golden age for North Korea, in the way
Kwanggaeto the Great led Koguryo to expand into a
huge empire comprising most of Manchuria, parts of
Inner Mongolia and Siberia.
There is every likelihood
that Kim Jong-eun will accomplish the long-elusive
widely shared ardent desire of the Korean people
to have their ancestral Land of Morning Calm
reunified and steer a reunified Korea into
millennium of prosperity.
Neutralization and phase-out
American military presence An eventual neutralization of
the American military presence in South Korea and
its quiet phase-out will top Kim Jong-eun's long
list of shining achievements.
The most compelling case for the US
military disengagement from South Korea rests on
the following reasons:
The American military
presence in South Korea is the foremost cause of
the division of the Land of Morning into North and
South Korea, an irrelevant remnant of the Cold
The first requirement of any
peaceful reintegration of Korea is terminating the
US military presence in South Korea.
US military presence has no justification in light
of international law. The only ground cited to
justify it is the October 1, 1953 South Korea-US
Mutual Defense Treaty, under which Seoul grants
the US "the right to dispose" its troops in and
about South Korea. The wording is not "station"
nor "keep" but ambiguous "dispose."
treaty in itself is in material breach of the July
27, 1953 Korean armistice agreement which provides
for the withdrawal of all foreign troops.
presence of American troops carries the permanent
threat of igniting a volatile flashpoint into a
full-scale shooting war in a teeming Asian city, a
nuclear war between two nuclear powers, the DPRK
and the US. Unlike the first Korean War localized
within Korean borders, resumed hostilities will
automatically expand into a thermonuclear war to
be fought over the US mainland.
Fourthly, the presence of
American troops means that despite its economic
success story South Korea is nothing but a client
state far removed from sovereign status with one%
allied with the US accumulating wealth at the
expense of 99% and more than 40 South Koreans
killing themselves each day, as the BBC reported
on September 5, 2011.
Founding father Kim
Il-sung is credited with becoming the first leader
in the world to militarily defeat the US that
vanquished Nazi Germany and militarist Japan. The
Americans are left with a lasting traumatic
inferiority complex to the North Koreans.
However, Korea was left in
ruins with millions killed and wounded. The US
troops stayed in South Korea.
Jong-il shrewdly exploited US fears, outfoxing the
trigger-happy Americans in the six rounds of
nuclear showdown without an actual fight, keeping
Korea and Northeast Asia out of a nuclear
The beefed up frontline
artillery units of the Korean People's Army and
its acquisition of nuclear weapons forced the US
troops to retreat from the Demilitarized Zone into
Pyongtaek south of Seoul. The KPA frontline
artillery units are still able of inflicting
mighty precision-strikes on the new American base.
New Supreme Commander Kim
Jong-eun will go farther as he is an adroit
manipulator of carrots and sticks, throwing sprat
to catch a whale. He is now clearly within
striking distance of outmaneuvering the Americans
into ending their military presence on their own
accord and asking to negotiate a peace treaty and
normalized relations between the two enemies.
Jong-eun will uphold the military-first policy and
relentlessly continue to supply the armed forces
with newer missiles capable of delivering
precision-strike on any strategic targets on the
southernmost tip of South Korea. The global strike
force of the KPA will soon complete its shift to
road-mobile ICBMs which put the whole of the
Metropolitan USA within effective range.