North Korea: Dear Father’s Schemes

Ailing "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il has been working tirelessly ensure that his twenty-something son Kim Jong-un has all he needs to take over isolated North Korea. According to Korea experts, part of the succession strategy has involved a series of military bluffs intended to burnish the young man's otherwise anonymous reputation.  By challenging the West, the elder Kim has instead been sending a message to his own population, namely that Pyongyang’snew top man will continue to serve, protect and oppress.


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