“He is enjoying being in the spotlight and he will perpetuate that,” Dacey, a 2009 graduate of Delaware Academy Central School, said. “He is pushing the envelope as far as he can to see what he can get away with and establish himself.”
Kim knows that if he starts a war he will lose, Dacey said. But it is hard to know if he wants to go down in a blaze or if he is just testing the limits.
From what Dacey saw on his trip, it seemed North Korea was trying to improve its relations with the world, he said. Kim was popular, and mentioned about such things as the disparities between those who live in the city and country, talking about how “we need to come together and help everyone.”
But with tests of nuclear bombs and missile launches, things are going backwards.
The current situation is “unsettling” to South Koreans, Dacey said, but “it’s something they have had to live with for years.”