July 12, 2012

Is Reform Coming to North Korea?

Andreas Lorenz, Der Spiegel

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Young North Koreans are suddenly wearing chic outfits, men gel their hair like South Korean actors, and private markets have more flexible opening hours. Do these tiny differences signal a change in course by the country's new leader, Kim Jong Un?

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