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Political Trivia: North Korea’s Former Leader Not A Public Speaker

April 16, 2012

Sunday’s 20 minute speech from North Korea’s Supreme Leader  Kim Jong-un  was a rather huge and unexpected event.

Mr. Kim’s speech on the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung, his grandfather and the North’s founding president, was his public political debut. In an unexpected 20-minute speech, broadcast live inside North Korea, Mr. Kim demonstrated a new leadership style but reaffirmed his adherence to the “military first” policy of his father, Kim Jong-il, which has left North Korea locked in a prolonged confrontation with the United States and its allies.

His speech was a major departure from the practices of his reclusive father, who cloaked his brutal rule in mystery and who never gave a speech to the general public before his death in December. North Koreans did not even hear Kim Jong-il’s voice until a broadcast in 1992, when he shouted one sentence into the microphone while inspecting a military parade: “Glory to the heroic soldiers of the People’s Army.”

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  1. skip1930 permalink
    April 20, 2012 8:45 PM

    Picked up Chinese at Mandarin Gardens last night. The China fellow who runs the joint was reading his Chinese newspaper. I slandered over to say Hi to him as I always do. A picture of oil rigs looked interesting and I asked him what the caption was about. He said in broken English, “No good. North Korean is no good country.”

    Wow even the Chinese don’t like the North Koreans. You don’t have to be a great speaker to have a bad reputation . Or, “Don’t miss it if you can.” And I see they ran out of ‘stuff’ to trade for rice.” Well, more tree bark and grass to eat for the masses…don’t you love just how well Communism works?


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