According to sources in North Korea, the threat of missile launches by the 30-something dictator Kim Jong Un is intended to cause military leaders in South Korea to blink, thus shoring up his mantle as the worthy successor to his grandfather, Kim Il Sung. “The missile launch and threat of war is form of idolization for Kim Jong Un. If Kim Jong Un gives up on this situation, the North Korean citizens will distrust him, therefore that is why he pushes the threat of war,” reports a North Korean source speaking to Radio Free Asia, which adds: “But because the United States and South Korea have a strong foreign policy North Korea is in trouble. However, if South Korea and the United States enter talks then North Koreans will say ‘Hooray Kim Jong Un!’ and thus further cement the idolization around him.”
In North Korea, the Kim family has taken the cult of personality to new heights, in fact to the point of enshrining the Kim dynasty as a succession of god-like figures. North Korea's ruling dynasty has always cast itself as somewhat supernatural, according to LiveScience, a news website . Founder Kim Il Sung was known as Korea's "sun," and claimed to be able to control the weather. His birthday and that of his son Kim, Jong Il, are national holidays. As with the body of Vladimir Lenin, Kim Il Sung’s body and that of Kim Jong Il were embalmed and lie in state in Pyongyang.”
Kim Jong Il's mythology is no less extensive than that of his father. His birth was hailed as "heaven sent" by propagandists, and state media has often touted impossible feats: He scored a perfect 300 the first time he tried bowling, and allegedly shot five holes-in-one the first time he played golf. Upon his death in 2011, the skies about the sacred mountain Baekdu in North Korea were said by North Korean reporters to have glowed red.
Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Il's son and successor is bent on creating his legend by threatening in recent days to turn Seoul into a lake of fire. North Korean news media have described the new leader as "born of heaven" upon his ascension to head of state. In December 2012, North Korean state media declared the discovery of a lair supposedly belonging to a unicorn ridden by Tongmyong, the ancient mythical founder of Korea, according to a story in LifeScience (April 5,2013). The story wasn't an indication that North Koreans believe in literal unicorns, experts said, but a way to shore up Kim Jong Un's rule and North Korea's credibility as the "real" Korea.
The following observations (translated by Unificationnews.com) are taken from recent Korean-language talk shows featuring North Korean defectors. Ms. Eun Ha Shin, a defector from North Korea, said in the TV program called Now I’m going to meet you, “Brainwashing starts even before a baby is born. I didn’t know until I came to South Korea, but it was prenatal education. When North Korean women are pregnant, they frequently sing the songs about the North Korean government and say slogans for the leader of the North Korea.” Another defector Ms. Se Young Park said, “Every text book has the phrase of praising words for Kim Il Sung and Kin Jong Il.” Another North Korean defector, Ms. Ok Jeong Han, added, “There are textbooks about Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jung Sook (the first wife of Kim Il Sung). In the text book, Kim Il Sung uses the magical method of shortening distances. Also it is said when Kim Il Sung throws cones to the enemy those became grenades.”
The cult of the Great Leader, Kim Il Sung, was well under way during the Korean War and reached a higher level of idolization during 1970s when Kim Il Sung choose Kim Jong Il as his successor. Since the 1970s, the North Korean government has carved slogans on mountains, scenic spots and stones that idolized Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and now Kim Kong Un as well. According to Voice of America, written into the North Korean constitution, are 10 laws with substantial sub clauses regarding idolization of the Kim family.. Clause three of the third law states, North Koreans have a duty to worship the pictures of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. These rules have specific explanations of how to practice and severe punishments for when people don’t follow.
Mr. Young Dae Song, senior advisor of The Institute for Peace Affairs, said, “When you look at the history of communism there were always great idolized leaders. When you look at the Soviet Union there was a Stalin who made statues of himself and the Greek Orthodox Church of Russia called Stalin ‘our father’. Also China idolized Mao Zedong. It is interesting to note that in these other communist states only one person was idolized but for North Korea there are three generations who are idolized, and it is still going on with same method.” Mr. Song added, “The reason why Kim Jong Un is focusing on idolizing himself is to secure his legitimacy to stabilize his political position.”
According to DailyNK, in addition to the Gumsusan Masoleum, Kim Jong Il’s resting place, and the entire collection of each type of Kim Jong Il idolization statues, Revolutionary Spirit Institutes, Historical Places, Battlefields, On-the-Spot Guidance Memorials, Eternal Towers, Slogan Boards and Engraved Slogans, and (the Kim) family’s idolization propaganda materials, the figure reaches about 140,000.
But according to Open Radio for North Korea, the idolization of Kim Jong Un has not been easy. The reason people are criticizing Kim Jong Un is because he only focuses on controlling and guarding. In public, people may recognize Kim Jong Un as a great leader but publicly they consider Kim Jong Un as an immature child. The North Korean People were expecting him to initiate reform policy because he experienced western culture. But the people are disappointed that he is same as his father Kim Jong Il.