I’m really quite busy right now, but here’s a couple of links to keep you going:
- OK, that was weird.
- Yes, Kim’s death would seem to be an all-round intelligence failure, although to be fair, North Korea’s really, really good at keeping these things secret. Does anyone know if China even knew?
- Personally, a supermarket wouldn’t be at the top of my list of the last worldly places I’d want to visit before shuffling off the mortal coil.
- The Wall Street Journal doesn’t think this is the time to go easy on North Korea.
- North Korea prognosticating is a fool’s game even in the best of times, but if forced to offer an opinion, I’d say Hahm Chaibong probably has it right:
Despite its shattered economy and shaky succession process, North Korea will continue to trudge along. A totalitarian system engineered by a perverse mastermind will likely serve its new master well. Its giant neighbor, China, whose path of development over the past 20 years could not be more different than North Korea’s, continues to lend its support to this anachronistic regime out of a logic all its own.
The world will have to continue to suffer through a regime whose durability continues to baffle. North Korea’s long suffering people will have to continue their “arduous march.” Northeast Asia’s otherwise booming economies will have to endure for some time to come a regime whose threat to the peace and prosperity of the region is matched only by its unpredictability.
- Well, at least Victor Cha thinks this is a big moment…