Kim seeks to appease, control country's military

Kim seeks to appease, control country's military

SEOUL - Three years after formally taking the reins of power, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is attempting the tricky task of cementing his grip on the country's military.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong met with his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj, in New Delhi on April 13 and asked for additional humanitarian aid. The trip - the first-ever visit to India by a North Korean foreign minister - highlighted the Northeast Asian country's dire economic conditions.

Some pundits in India, however, see Ri's visit in a different light. The real purpose, they say, was to seek India's support for North Korea's possible fourth nuclear test.

Srikanth Kondapalli, a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, said North Korea wants the support of India, which took a neutral stance during the 1950-1953 Korean War, amid rising tensions in its relations with China.

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