Our Opinion: His undoing
North Korean dictator Kim Song Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to reexamine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my friend.
During the weekend, North Korea tested a new missile, this one flying farther and higher than any previously tested rocket. Kim’s regime boasted the new model is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. In addition to the usual criticism from nations including the United States, South Korea and Japan, a new voice was added Monday. It came from Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who commented that “there’s nothing good about” the test.
Putin normally delights in any event that brings discomfort to U.S. officials. The increasing potential for a nuclear cataclysm set off by Kim seems to have wrought a change in attitude.
Good. But the question remains, what about China? Perhaps we will learn today, when the U.N. Security Council meets to discuss the new provocation.
Chinese leaders already have expressed concern about Kim’s military buildup. They have more power than any other nation to bring it to a halt.
For decades, North Korean militarism has worked to that country’s advantage. Let us hope it finally proves to be Kim’s undoing.