Fresno State professor: Kim Jong-un ‘wants to project imagery of invincibility’ with missile tests

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Dr. Marn Cha of Fresno State knows North Korea politics well. Cha says Kim Jong-un’s missile tests are political statements to make his people believe North Korea is a military force to be reckoned with.

Born in North Korea, Marn Cha says it took him 46 years to return to his homeland in 1992 to do a lecture as a professor of the United States. Cha says he met with the council of Kim Il-Sung the grandfather of Kim Jong-un.

“They said their county has made up their mind that they will go nuclear,” said Cha.

Cha says he advised North Korean officials against using nuclear power. 25 years later US Military says North Korea launched a ballistic missile test that failed, blowing up over land on Saturday. Cha says Kim Jong-un is all about making political statements.

“So he wants to project this imagery of invincibility,” said Cha.

It’s been reported North Korea threatened to sink the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier with many sailors from the Lemoore naval air station.

“For South Koreans it is quite comforting to have the US troops stationed in their territory and protecting,” said Cha.

Cha says Kim Jong-un is focused on maintaining a warfare environment in North Korea, sustaining power over his people.

“They have their own game to play and to some degree we have our own gameplan to be played out too.”

President Trump tweeted Friday evening, claiming North Korea disrespected China’s wishes with the missile test. Trump says the test was aimed at putting distance between Pyongyang and Beijing, praising Chinese President Xi Jin Ping as “highly respected”.

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