[KOA Denver] July 5th: N. Korea's Kim Fears He's Gaddafi
I appear on KOA Denver this morning at 8:10 a.m. e.s.t to talk North Korea. Frankly, there are no easy answers. However, and this aint easy to say, and this is coming from a former CIA officer, if I were the leader of North Korea, I wouldn't give up my nuclear weapons and ambitions either. As a dictator, I have to deal with two enemies, those from within and those from without. Nuclear weapons always make those from without pause and it also gives me more leverage and capability at home.
When Libya's Muammar Gaddafi negotiated away his nuclear weapons, what happened? He was weakened. When there was a coup de etat, what happened? Western forces actually helped those who rose up, supported them, and ultimately, helped kill Gaddafi. If he still had that weapons program, what they have been willing to help? Or, more likely, would they have said, nope, the risk is too high.
In Kim Jong-Un's world, he doesn't have lots of options. He has Nucs. He could hit South Korea and he could hit Japan. And its unlikely the U.S. could do anything to stop him. He also has an extraordinary conventional capability that could likely kill millions in the South. Of course, his country would be a parking lot and he would be dead. However, if he loses his nucs, and this is the point, he could be Gaddafi.
In the end, he simpoy knows he doesn't want to be Gaddafi.