North Korea holds a military parade in honor of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15.(Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
North Korea holds a military parade in honor of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15.
(Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korean Launch Attempt Stokes Regional Tensions

April 19, 2012  •  From theTrumpet.com
The rocket didn’t fly far, but tensions throughout Asia are soaring.
 

After the December death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, his son Kim Jong-un took up the reins of rule, and many analysts thought it could signal the start of a reversal in the country’s rogue behavior.

After all, the reports said Kim Jong-un had received a Western education at a Swiss school, that he was an outspoken fan of Michael Jordan, and that he adored James Bond films—and he was taking North Korea’s reins at the tender age of 28 or 29. Optimistic Westerners said what little information was available about Kim Jong-un suggested that he might abandon the internal oppression and external belligerency that had marked the rules of his father and grandfather.

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