Reformist Flirtations and Successor Politics: KCNA Tropes

While Chinese left-wingers insist upon the courage and worthiness of North Korea’s wealth-equalizing currency reforms, Kim Jong Il is out talking up profitability in the northern frontier province of Jagang. In a visit to a the Kanggye Wine Factory reported on December 10, the Dear Leader spake: He went round the newly-built beer shop…greatly satisfied to learn that the factory has not only steadily boosted … Continue reading Reformist Flirtations and Successor Politics: KCNA Tropes

Thoughts on the Great North Korean Rebellion

Recent posts by Joshua Stanton at One Free Korea prompted me to do some thinking about the prospects of a “hard landing” for North Korea, or the notion that somehow popular discontent leads to an anti-regime upheaval. It seems likely that the 150-day campaign, which may have been meant to provide at least minimal claims of achievement for a (now-in-remission) move to crown a successor, … Continue reading Thoughts on the Great North Korean Rebellion