8. North Korea is looking for respect and power on the world’s biggest stages.

In 2005 the idea of North Korea making some real power plays against the rest of the world was pretty big news. Eight years later a lot has changed — but not when it comes to North Korea.

It seems as though the plot behind South Pole Vendetta could have come from this morning’s paper.

In our number eight futuristic story-line, we look at this posturing, and its implications on the US.

The propaganda poster below is from North Korea, and must be seen as targeting the US in a real way. It’s been that way since day one.

And, by the way, North Korea’s new ruler doesn’t like the US very much either. Listen to what the New York Times has to say about the current situation:

“North Korea is the last Stalinist state on earth, and in 2006 it became the latest country to join the nuclear club. Over the past two decades, it has swung between confrontation and inch-by-inch conciliation with South Korea, its neighbor, and the United States, in an oscillation that seems to be driven both by its hard-to-fathom internal political strains and by an apparent belief in brinksmanship as the most effective form of diplomacy.

The uncertainty surrounding the actions of Pyongyang, the North’s capital, deepened with the announcement by state media on Dec. 19, 2011, that its ailing ruler, Kim Jong-il, had died of a heart attack on a train on Dec. 17. Kim Jong-un, the youngest and previously least-known son of Kim Jong-il, was declared to be the country’s next leader.

North Korea said the “great successor,” as the younger Mr. Kim has been called, would faithfully follow his father’s songun, or “military-first,” policy, which has raised tensions with Washington and Seoul.

In his first six months as leader, Mr. Kim quickly alienated the Obama administration and put North Korea on track to develop a nuclear warhead that could hit the United States within a few years. By October 2012, North Korea claimed to have missiles that could reach the American mainland.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/world/asia/north-korea-says-its-missiles-can-reach-us-mainland.html

Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that things haven’t changed with the possibility of a confrontation between the US and North Korea. The better question probably remains, “How long will it be until it happens?”

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