The Western education and semi-exile of Kim Jong Il’s eldest son, Kim Jong Nam, has left Nam with a different view of North Korea’s current state. According to CNN, Nam believes North Korea is going to fail under the rule of his youngest half-brother, Kim Jong Un, because he is too young, inexperienced and didn’t have enough time to be groomed.
Nam, who was educated in Switzerland, knows about the world and is very open-minded, especially when it comes to economic reform. Nam has spoken out against his father’s “military first policy,” said Yoji Gomi, who is publishing a book on Nam and his father’s relationship. The book is called “My Father, Kim Jong Il and Me.” Nam also wants “North Korea to embrace economic reform and open its doors,” said Gomi.
If only Nam was chosen to become the successor of Kim Jong Il. If this was the case, the future of North Korea might look brighter, instead of uncertain and still closed off. The people of North Korea need reform, they need a leader who is willing to embrace globalization and enter into the 21st century. In my opinion, if North Korea does not take steps to reform, the country will be headed towards a coup or revolution, because sooner or later its people will speak up. And when they do, its leader will not like what happens next.