If you were ordering a nuclear test, would you end your note with an exclamation mark? I probably wouldn’t, but possibly that’s just me. I’ve been told before that my emails come across as rather soulless.
In fact, Kim’s handwritten note announcing the H-bomb test reads:
Let’s begin the year of 2016 — a glorious and victorious year when the historic seventh conference of the Workers’ Party of Korea will be held — with a thrilling sound of the first hydrogen bomb explosion, so that the whole world will look up to our socialist, nuclear-armed republic of Juche and the great Workers’ Party of Korea!
Which is actually quite endearing. It’s certainly filled with more childlike wonder and enthusiasm for the future than most of the other leaders’ new year messages that we covered here (which tend more towards weary resignation), even if it does have an eerie pre-Fallout 1950’s air to it.
If you’ve been admiring Kim’s penmanship, incidentally, rumour has it that he’s been practising specially to make his handwriting look more like his grandfather’s.