With Kim Jong Il's death, Kim Jong Un is thrust into power.
I'm guessing there are many in NK's politburo that are experienced totalitarians that resent young Un's supremacy, when he's a lad less than half their age.
They're his senior in age and experience, but they're his junior in rank.
I'll bet ambitious totalitarian bureaucrats like that don't like being bossed around by a kid.
& KJU knows it.
For KJU to stave off a palace coup d’état he may feel he has to flaunt his indomitable leadership and skill by:
- successfully launching a rocket
- attempting to launch a satellite into orbit
- continuing nuclear tests
"Ambassador" Denis Rodman personally visited NK, and had an extended personal audience with KJU.
a) KJU does NOT want War with the U.S.
KJU wants Obama to telephone KJU.
Candidly, I think some low level U.S. emissary should contact KJU.
Perhaps what's preventing it is they can't get sufficient privacy to promote / provide the candor necessary.