Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea, left, being welcomed by Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan (Photo: @VivianBala—Twitter)
Make no mistake. Had it not been for his nuclear weapons, Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea would not be in Singapore today preparing for an unprecedented summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Kim knows it and knows it rather acutely that without those horrible weapons, he would be dismissed as just a minor despot in a corner of the world. His nuisance value became exponentially consequential with those nuclear weapons.
The summit is scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 12 at the Capella on Sentosa island. Trump has said with characteristically ludicrous bombast “I think within the first minute, I’ll know” whether the summit would work.
If I were Kim I would ask Trump precisely at 9.01, “Mr. President, what do you think? Should we continue or are we done?”
It might be worthwhile to republish my post dated May 31:
If I were Kim Jong-un, I would happily conclude that my nuclear muscle-flexing has produced precisely the kind of results I was hoping for. I would also feel sanguinely vindicated.
Quite apart from the much-anticipated summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, I am suddenly being courted by the other two big daddies, namely China’s President Xi Jinping and now by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, via a visit today by his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. This even as my trusted aide and former spy chief Kim Yong Chol is meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
All this against the backdrop of two nearly back-to-back meetings with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in in South Korea.
The fact that within less than six months I, barely 34-years-old, am being assiduously wooed by the international big hitters is exhilarating whether or not it leads to anything substantive. In my mind, I would reasonably argue that had it not been for all those nuclear tests and threats of lobbing intercontinental ballistic missiles at the America I would still be a minor despot in a much reviled little corner of the world.
Whether or not the on-again-off-again Trump-Kim summit takes place in Singapore on June 12, it is clear that life may never be one of paranoid isolation for the North Korean leader. It is a wholly new phase of his powerful career which has potentially several decades still left in it. Presuming nothing untoward happens courtesy of Nature or otherwise and also that he manages to retain his sway over his country much the same way, the young man has a span far beyond any of the leaders he is currently supping with.
Consider these simple facts. Trump will be gone latest by 2024. Even though Xi, who is 64, and Putin, who is 65, last another three decades in power—which is possible but unlikely—Kim would still be only as old then as they are now. I am already a veteran of seven years by now and have learned many of the tricks to do to survive and flourish.
So If I were Kim, when I shave in the morning looking in the mirror I would let out a swish of exultation at the promise my life holds. This, of course, as long as I play my cards well which I have done so far. Remember I am Kim Jong-un who is unconcerned about the staggeringly cruel regime that my father Kim Jong-il and grandfather Kim Il-sung have inflicted upon my people since 1972.