August 3, 2012

The North Korea Guessing Game

Donald Kirk, Los Angeles Times

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A recent visitor to Pyongyang leaves with more questions than answers about who's really in charge and where the country is headed under new leader Kim Jong Un.

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TAGGED: Kim Jong-un, North Korea


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