August 16, 2012

Little Has Changed in North Korea

Charles Armstrong, New York Times

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Kim Jong-un's public image gives little indication of the political and economic policies his regime will follow. He is distancing himself from his father's power circle, especially the military old guard to whom Kim Jong-il was much beholden; it is possible that by reducing the influence of the military he is preparing the way for major economic reform, something the military has long resisted. But at the moment, there is scant evidence that serious reform is in the cards.

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