If only the eldest son was successor of North Korea

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.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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