[ View the story "Kim Jung-un: a tale of two threats" on Storify] Kim Jung-un: a tale of two threats The online community hasn't been taking North Korea's recent saber rattling seriously even though the "military-first" government has made some threatening maneuvers.
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.
Is it just me or does #kimjungun remind you of a 4 y.o. dressing up in daddy's clothes with a full diaper?James L. Smith
World is not the playground of a spoiled little kid. #kimjungunLacho
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.
Even after North Korea announced the re-opening of its mothballed Yongbyon nuclear complex -- some 55 miles north of Pyongyang -- on Tuesday, the social media world continued to snicker.
Hahaha. North Korea Missile Failure meme #fail #kimjungun http://pic.twitter.com/MH4e4O2lJames Headspeath
I can't decide wether seeing Kim Jong Un giggling with Dennis Rodman makes me fear their nuclear aspirations less, or more.Rob Lowe
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.
Have you ever noticed that Kim Jung Un's hair looks like he could be on Jersey Shore?Philip Jackson
How does Kim Jung Un think he can win a war against the U.S. when he can't even get his barber to stop pranking him?Gerald Delgy
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.
Congratulations to Kim Jong Un! He made the U.S. do something we never thought possible: We miss Kim Jong Il. #NorthKoreaGagsparilla
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.
.@KimJungUn You want to develop nuclear weapons as a deterrent against war? No one wants to invade your country. Your economy sucks.BRIAN MATHER
Most effective non violent way to stop N. Korea from developing WMDs is for China to completely cut them off. That's not going to happen.BRIAN MATHER
.@KimJungUn Maybe less focus on WMDs & more on developing the economy?BRIAN MATHER
.@KimJungUn It must be kind of embarrassing to be sandwiched between two thriving economies like China & S. Korea. You'll figure it out.BRIAN MATHER
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.
Breaking: Kim Jung Un has stock pile of vinegar, baking soda, and 2L bottles. "Rockets" coming soon. #NorthKorea #cnnJoe
But a YouTube video released by Agence France-Presse reveals heavy-duty machinery.
S.Korea conducts military drills near N.Korea borderafp
The world will have to wait and see the results of North Korea's latest display of military force but, in the meantime, the jokes will keep rolling in.
Kim Jong Un sucksjoshman531