(CNN) – What is North Korean leader Kim Jong Il - among the most reclusive of all world leaders - really like?
"He is actually fairly straightforward," said former Ambassador Wendy Sherman who served as former President Bill Clinton's policy advisor on North Korea.
But Sherman, one of a handful of American diplomats who hve engaged in direct talks with the North Korean leader, also said Kim Jong-Il reveals very little about himself.
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"He doesn't much like to talk about his family and his personal circumstances, but he really is the leader of his universe," she said in an interview with CNN's John King on State of The Union.
"He doesn't have to worry about the global economic crisis. He doesn't have to worry about the war in Afghanistan or building down in Iraq," she added. "He doesn't have to worry about health care for his country. He only has worry about one thing, and that's keeping his power."
"He doesn't much like to talk about his family and his personal circumstances..."
Why would he? He's not subject to the MEDIA CIRCUS tail that wags the dog of American politics. But perhaps Obama will get to look him face to face and then MEDIA will get to report that Obama looked into Kim Il Jung's soul...like that means something.
Is it 2012 yet?
N.Korea's communist regime violated the international law since
June 25, 1950, by backing Red China and Russia. Unless the
communists disappear, Red China, Russia, and the N.Korea will
violate the international law over and over again in the future.
The fundamental problems are the support of China and Russia for
N.Korea, where there is no human right, no foods to feed over
22,000,000 people. In conclusion, Kim Jung Il should be removed
by force. He and his father ran away to China in the fall of 1950 when
UN force advanced to stop the N.Korean invaders.
I like to ask God what is the purpose of NKorea. I understand the purpose of China in the end days, but what is the purpose of NKorea? What purpose does NKorea serve to starve millions? Where is Christianity in all of this? How does NKorea fit into the picture. How terrible to be suffering for 40 to 50 years under ruthless dictators!! It just NEVER stops. Russia has come to its senses. Germany has come to its senses, but NKorea STAYED a PSYCHO path, suppressing its very own people. Pray for NKorea.
It's time to do a psychological profile on this guy and then plan a strategy. Is this country ever going to get psychologically-minded?
Kim Jong Il is a difficult character. North Korea is a vacant country; There's nothing there! No library books, no electricity, no home-grown food. They import a lot of staple foods from South Korea ironically. All that's there is what Kim Jong Il says is there.
North Korea is impossible for Americans to understand. It is not like most other places in the world, the people there are fed lies and propoganda by a man whom they literally revere as a diety. It would be fruitless for Obama or any other American who would try and hold talks with Kim Jong Il because state run news agencies would only report that "the American President came and knelt before the Dear Leader and kissed his feet." I promise that nothing productive would happen because Kim Jong Il knows that at the end of the day the "international community" will do nothing to stop him and sadly, he is correct.