Russia’s Vladimir Putin had plans in place to host North Korea’s leader Kim Jong un earlier this month, along with more than twenty other nations for their WWII Victory Days celebration. Those plans fell through when North Korea’s leader sent his foreign minister in his place. Someone needed to be present to celebrate the 2015 “year of friendship” that’s been declared between the two nations.
Kim Jong un must not be counting on Putin to increase his international popularity. His focus remains on that which he can control, the society of North Korea. The ruler executes those within North Korea that hold an opposing view to his own, including members of his own family. Most recently executed was his defense minister, Hyon Yong-Choi, for reportedly falling asleep on the job. The method, in which his opposition met their demise, depends on the news source.
The North Korean leader strives to hold his society unexposed to conflicting views. However, the view of the outside world regarding this reclusive society is often paradoxical. The submarine launched missile was big news for a short time, until those stories turned to “so what, it only shot a few hundred feet.” Other reports state that it’s just an ejection test from an underwater barrage, and not the embellished report of a submarine launched missile. It’s hard to change your view when it all reads like past news.