Storified by Zen Vuong· Tue, Apr 02 2013 14:36:25
On Tuesday, April 2, North Korea announced it would revive a Soviet-era nuclear reactor. Only three days earlier, Kim Jung-un declared a "state of war" with South Korea.
Kim Jung-un is an enigma for many. He became the supreme ruler of North Korea after his father, Kim Jung-il, died on Dec. 17, 2011. At the time, Jung-un was in his late 20s, and the world wondered whether this youthful-looking unknown character could take over the "self-reliance" socialist country.
Kim Jung-un is now 30, but the western world still takes jabs at what it perceives as youthful ignorance.
Some questioned whether a country that requires humanitarian aid from the international world because of widespread malnutrition and food shortages is, in fact, strong enough to be a viable threat to its neighbors and the world.
In February, Kim Jung-un ordered a nuclear weapons test, its third since 2006.
These people considered Kim Jung-un and North Korea's military prowess so laughable that they chose to focus on Kim Jung-un's 90s-styled hair instead.
Some made jovial references to Kim Jung-il. Despite Jung-il's chronic brinkmanship, the world knew what to expect from the experienced political leader who died after 17 years as North Korea's supreme leader.
Even those who spoke seriously about North Korea's attempts to develop weapons of mass destruction chose to divert attention to North Korea's economic problems, yet again exemplifying how minor a danger North Korea was in their eyes.
Nonetheless the Central Intelligence Agency calls North Korea a "major concern to the international community" because of its regional military provocations, proliferation of military-related items, long-range missile development, weapons of mass destruction programs and nuclear device testing.
Yet some in the Twitterverse equate North Korea's weapons to what might be a child's science project.
But a YouTube video released by Agence France-Presse reveals heavy-duty machinery.