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North Korea's leader showing off power

2013-04-11 18:26

Washington - Top US intelligence officials say North Korea's new leader is trying to show the world and his people that he is in charge, rather than trying to trigger military conflict.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tells Congress on Thursday that his analysts believe North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is using rhetoric to gain recognition, and to manoeuvre the international community into concessions in future negotiations.

CIA director John Brennan says judging his actions is made tougher because he has not been in power long.

Clapper says the intelligence community believes the North would only use nuclear weapons to preserve the Kim regime, but says they do not know how the Kim regime defines that.

Both men say China is best able to influence North Korea to tone down its rhetoric.

Comments
  • Nicholas Vilakazi - 2013-04-11 19:27

    World war is around the corner, only the strong will survive

  • Jacques Loots - 2013-04-11 20:27

    china is colonizing Africa and we are welcoming it like idiots

      Matt Jbl - 2013-04-11 22:08

      CHINA is better than USA

      Matt Jbl - 2013-04-11 22:22

      then r u sayin New World Order has begun as u r saying USA control the entire world

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-04-12 00:34

      The Chinese are paying for our resources, instead of taking out their guns and demanding that they all be given to them for free. China only wants to trade with Africa, and not make us fluent in Mandarin and/or make us Ph.D in Confucianism. They aren't spreading communism or proselytising any form of religion or ideology. They are conducting trade how it should be done between two respecting partners. If anybody tells me that China is colonising Africa, I will use another language to define colonialism.

      Herman Leon Erasmus - 2013-04-12 07:53

      Fidel are you High ??? Must be all the nice cannabis you smoking coming from the island. China`s interest in Africa is the same as any other in the world " whats in it for us ? ".Go read up on some africa construction projects that china started , and how africans ended up getting screwed , not to ,mention unsafe mines and dodgy factories with dubious safety controls. And how they they are manipulating their currency to give them a unfair advantage in trade , making sure other countries come compete ( that includes us BTW )

  • Philip - 2013-04-11 20:27

    knuckle head

  • Louis Fourie - 2013-04-12 07:37

    All these people who support North Korea and China.must go experience communism and enjoy a life of no freedom and daily propaganda and state controlled television.the state is absolute in.communism only the elite.get richer while the rest suffer and become poor. I.agree that the US isn't perfect but I would rather live in a free country then in country were the state tells.you what to do and you are not even alowed basic freedoms.so be foolish and anti American

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