January 16, 2014

Thoughts from Kim Jong-Il's Sushi Chef

Kosuke Takahashi, NK News

The Associated Press

A chef who served the very top of the Pyongyang elite thinks Kim Jong Un may soon face challengers intent on usurping his power. Speculation among North Korea watchers has been even more rampant than usual since the very public ouster of Jang Song Thaek in December, with experts trying to figure out what’s going on inside the world’s most reclusive regime and what may come next.

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