North Korea: A New Beginning?
An overview of the Kim Jong-Un era in North Korea and analysis which seeks to answer the question of whether or not the Kim Jong-Un era is a new beginning forth eNorth Korean People, or more of the same? More
In August of 2010 a transition seemed imminent in the near future in the North Korean Regime. Kim Jong-iI was severely ailing after a purported 2008 stroke, and had rarely been seen in public. Erstwhile Kim Jong-Il was having his propaganda apparatus issue decrees on the imminency of a possible successor taking over; the twenty-six year old son of the reclusive leader Kim Jong-Un. Up until that time little was known about the young protege except that he had accompanied his father to China for a visit, in what would become a much covered media harbinger, while former American President Jimmy Carter attempted to secure the release of an American hostage in North Korea. At the time the most obvious explanation that I can think of as to why the “Dear Leader” didn’t remain in North Korea possibly introducing his son to former president Jimmy Carter is so that Kim Jong-Il or his son that is, has more latitude in his official foreign policy dealings with the outside world. The trip served a purpose of many fold, since it allowed for the North’s leadership also to cultivate an understanding between them and the Chinese leadership that was to serve them well, had the young leader taken the more peaceful route toward unification. When he first took over he was known more for his intellect than for his military exploits in the DPRK. The unpredictability of the North’s leadership was not lessened by this change in leadership either. Some in the West, and South Korean intelligence services are certain that from Thanksgiving of 2006, when the North first detonated a nuclear device, to roughly the present that there has been a high stakes contest between certain elements within the North’s leadership to rule the country, a contest which Jong-Un by his elevation by his father is assumed to have won.