December 31, 2010 12:41
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il apparently visited Hwanghae Province just before both the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan and artillery shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, while attending musical performances following both attacks, according to government intelligence. Hwanghae Province is the region in North Korea that is closest to the sites of the attacks.
In March this year, Kim conducted one of his on-the-spot guidance tours at a cooperative farm in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province around two weeks before the March 26 attack that sank the Cheonan. On March 27, Kim attended a performance by the North Korean national symphony orchestra. On April 3, Kim attended a performance by the Mansudae Art Troupe.
The North Korean leader's itinerary was similar around the time of the artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island on Nov. 23. On Nov. 22, Kim inspected a fish farm in South Hwanghae Province and on Nov. 28 he attended a performance by the national symphony orchestra. On Dec. 5, Kim watched a performance by the North Hamgyong Province Art Troupe.
Pyo Chang-won, a criminal psychologist at the Korea National Police University, said, "Visiting the scene of a crime before it is committed can be seen as boasting about it." It can also induce troops in the region to demonstrate zealous loyalty, Pyo added. Before the nuclear test in 2006 and long-range rocket launch in 2009, the North Korean leader conducted intensive on-site inspections of military bases in Hamgyong Province, where the relevant facilities are located.
"If it's no coincidence that Kim attended musical performances following both attacks, there are two possible reasons," Pyo said. Either he may have intended to create an alibi by stressing the fact that he is a peace-loving person who enjoys cultural events, or he may have been trying to calm his nerves. "If this type of behavior repeats itself, we can view Kim as having the same personality defects as Adolf Hitler, who listened to classical music after the massacre of the Jews," he added.
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