January 4, 2012

No Change in North Korea

Andrei Lankov, Asia Times

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The Dear Leader's death is unlikely to be the turning point in North Korean history the world envisions, since this succession was carefully pre-planned and the public is well-versed in hereditary transfers of power. The same inner circle that ruled before the dictator's demise forms today's quasi-regency, with Kim Jong-eun's inexperience allowing them plentiful scope for manipulation and control.

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