So, you never go full Stalinist, semi-divine ruling-family, cult-of-personality totalitarian, ethno-nationalist, military/police state.
Good to know.
In the meantime, the actual military capabilities are still fierce enough to be reckoned with. Chemical weapons, too.
Things could be heating up.
What are some things China might have to gain and lose from a still-existing North Korean regime?
Generations after having preserved its people in revolutionary amber, maintaining cash and power with forced labor camps at home, sending others abroad [families held as ransom] under close supervision in grip of a propaganda machine, you’ve still got to not let your guard down to the rest of the world, while maintaining power.
Yet, things fall apart, including the apparent diminishing returns of this hereditary succession’s authority and legitimacy .
Kim Jong Un wiped out many generals upon taking the helm, killed his uncle, and more recently his elder brother, and this could signal deeper problems closer to the surface than ever before.
Of course, what exactly is going on inside the Hermit Kingdom?
Do you know?
A previous piece here.
Via Readers-Two North Korea Links