[Kim Jong-un’s Hypothetical Letter 5-4] “I don’t want to be a Gaddafi or Hussein”
Under my grandfather’s leadership, the WPK held the fifth plenary session of its fourth Central Committee on Dec. 10-14, 1962, which is when the parallel development approach to building the economy and national defense was decided on. Faced with a million troops from the US and South Korea, they opted to establish a deterrent against the US, since North Korea’s defense had been left unstable by a conflict between fellow socialist countries China and the Soviet Union. Under pressure from then Soviet Communist Party Secretary Nikita Khrushchev and US President John F. Kennedy, my grandfather seems to have felt a kind of fear of abandonment when the plans for building a nuclear missile base in Cuba were dropped. The US invaded Vietnam around the same time, and it also put pressure on South Korea and Japan to establish diplomatic ties for the sake of trilateral security cooperation, while getting South Korea to send troops to Vietnam.
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