26 June 2006

Kim Shows Up Again

Laying to rest whatever speculation remained of a trip to Russia, Kim Jong Il made an appearance June 25 (the anniversary of the Korean War), watching a Russian musical performance with DPRK troops on the "frontline." (All of Kim's 2006 appearances listed at Where Is Kim Jong Il 2006.)

There were mass anti-American rallies in Pyongyang the same day, but apparently Kim decided it was more appropriate to spend the days entertaining he troops. One thing that cannot be forgotten is that North Koreans remain convinced that they are eternally on the brink of war with the United States, so things thatn seem odd abroad are perfectly normal and understandable inside North Korea.

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