The source said that he saw little room for compromise under North Korea’s youthful new leader, Kim Jong-un. The third Kim to rule North Korea is just 30 years old and took over from his father in December 2011.
He appears to have followed his father, Kim Jong-il, in the “military first” strategy that has pushed North Korea ever closer to a workable nuclear missile at the expense of economic development.
“He is much tougher than his father,” the source said.
(Writing by David Chance; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Mark Bendeich)