December 19, 2012

North Korea, One Year Later

Victor Cha, Foreign Affairs

AP Photo

Last December, the chubby and blubbering soon-to-be leader of the hermit kingdom seemed too inexperienced and unqualified to ever consolidate his rule. Today, Kim Jong Un is riding high, having become the first Korean to launch a domestically designed satellite into orbit on the back of a domestically designed rocket. North Korean society, though, is changing all around him, and lobbing missiles might not be enough to keep him in power.

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TAGGED: Asia, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, North Korea


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