Easiest way to defeat Kim Jong-un


kimmWHILE the world is focused on weapons and sanctions, a defector says there is a much more effective way to stop North Korea.

A NORTH KOREAN defector says the US should focus less on military options and more on spreading information from the outside world to the general population if it wants to defeat Kim Jong-un’s regime.

Thae Yong-ho, the former deputy chief of mission at the North Korean embassy in London, says a “civilian uprising” is becoming an increasing possibility as more pop culture and international news sneaks its way into the hermit kingdom.

“The citizens do not care about state propaganda but increasingly watch illegally imported South Korean movies and dramas.

The domestic system of control is weakening as the days go by,” Mr Thae told a US congressional hearing on Wednesday.

“Back in 2010, during the Arab Spring, many experts said it would be impossible to imagine such similar events taking place in North Korea.

These changes, however, make it increasingly possible to think about civilian uprising in North Korea.

“As more and more people gradually become informed about the reality of their living conditions, the North Korean government will either have to change and adapt in positive ways for its citizens, or to face the consequences of their escalating dissatisfaction.”

Despite Mr Kim’s “reign of terror”, North Korea was undergoing significant changes, Mr Thae said. Free markets were flourishing and the socialist economic system was breaking down.

He urged the US to exhaust all other options before taking military action because a pre-emptive strike on North Korea would trigger an automatic retaliation of missile fire on the South.

“North Korean officers are trained to press their button without any further instructions from the general command if anything happens on their side,” he said.

He encouraged the US to meet with Mr Kim at least once to understand his thinking and convince him of the might of the American arsenal.

“We cannot change the policy of terror of the Kim Jong-un regime. But we can educate [the] North Korean population to stand up by disseminating outside information,” he said.

“However, is the United States really doing enough in this regard? The US is spending billions of dollars to cope with the military threat.

Yet how much does the US spend each year on information activities involving North Korea in a year? Unfortunately, it may be tiny fraction.”