Dodger wrote:I seriously doubt that his generals are particularly delighted with the prospect of having their families blown to pieces in the event of a war with the U.S. I think it's much more likely that Kim (and his generals) are extremely concerned about the way this thing is unfolding especially with China slipping on the ice. As long as the U.S. stands firm on its position that N. Korea cannot be a nuclear state - then Kim simply can't win. There simply isn't anything to negotiate. There is no diplomatic solution
Sorry Dodger, but I just cannot agree. You seem to think there is or could be a rift between Kim and his generals. I don't believe there is or will be. I completely agree they don't want to be wiped off the face of the map. But then I don't believe it will come to that. We are seeing a huge amount of bluster and hot air. But Kim does not want war and is not so much of an idiot he believes he might win one. But then he does not trust the USA and any promises it will make. We have spoken before about the examples he has of Libya, Iraq and now Iran. Kin is not going to let that happen to him.
The people who know the North better than anyone are the South Koreans. Isn't it odd that the people of Seoul remains only fractionally less calm than they have been for decades whilst it the US administration that is acting like a hen on a hot girdle on this issue? Yes, it is serious. And yes, it can become deadly serious. That's where diplomacy comes in. As French President Macron said last week, diplomacy is not the USA using provocative language.
But you are about to start your holiday. Don't worry about Incheon airport. It'll still be there when you transfer on your way here - and when you return. Enjoy Thailand!