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What if Kim Jong-un dies?

What if Kim Jong-un dies?

Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, was last seen in public with his wife on September 3 at a concert of his favorite girl group, the “Moranbong Ensemble.” Since then he has disappeared from public view and the North Korean media have not reported on his whereabouts. Kim Jong-un was also absent from […]

Lords of money, lords in offices

Lords of money, lords in offices

Most first-time Western visitors to Pyongyang tend to come back somewhat surprised. They had expected to see the very embodiment of a Stalinist hell. Well, you know the picture: soldiers on every street corner sporting machineguns, ready to mow down the masses, pedestrians in colorless clothing slowly moving amidst mammoth, concrete shells of buildings. Instead, […]

A bit of (realistic) pessimism

A bit of (realistic) pessimism

The election of Donald Trump who, in spite of his hard-living tendencies, has been talking about meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for hamburgers, led to an increase in talks about a deal between Pyongyang and Washington. Nonetheless, as somebody who has dealt with North Korea for some 30 years, I have a rather pessimistic, […]

Kim Jong-un: his first five years

Kim Jong-un: his first five years

Next month it will be five years since the sudden death of Kim Jong-il led to the second dynastic transition in North Korean history. Kim Jong-un’s reign is approaching the five-year mark, the length of a presidential term in many modern democracies, so it is probably a good time to say what we think of […]

Troubles ahead?

Troubles ahead?

A new U.S. President has been elected, and this time the world’s most powerful job went to, should we say, a rather unconventional person. Indeed, a former real estate tycoon and TV celebrity is not the type of individual we expect to see in the Oval Office. But such was the will of the people, […]

Bridge to nowhere?

Bridge to nowhere?

The New Yalu Bridge separates the twin cities of Sinuiju and Dandong, lying opposite each other on the Chinese and North Korean sides of the Yalu River respectively. The very existence of the bridge, however, is nowhere to be found in local Chinese media. State censors do not want a reminder of what is gradually […]

Phone revolution

Phone revolution

Foreign journalists love to take pictures of people on the streets of Pyongyang (preferably nice looking and smartly dressed women, of course) busily chatting over their mobile phones. Indeed, the penetration of North Korea by mobile technology as attracted much attention worldwide (not the least of which because mobile phones are seen as an embodiment […]

Diplomatic roller coaster

Diplomatic roller coaster

Andrei Lankov – The Korea Times China is routinely described in the world’s media as “North Korea’s sole ally,” but this statement is rather misleading: the relations between Beijing and Pyongyang have never been easy, and the friendly official rhetoric all too often has served as a thin veneer, masking a great level of mistrust […]

Large, moody and dangerous

Large, moody and dangerous

Andrei Lankov – The Korea Times It is clear, that since mid-July, the relations between South Korea and China, which in recent years had been quite friendly, have begun to deteriorate quickly. The reason for this crisis is widely known: in July, despite stern warnings from Beijing, the South Korean government decided to deploy the […]

Alliance of convenience

Alliance of convenience

Many, if not most, Westerners with a passing interest in North Korea tend to believe that in the bygone days of the Communist bloc the Soviet Union and North Korea were close allies. This is a gross mistake. While relations between Moscow and Pyongyang were initially quite close, from the late 1950s they deteriorated rapidly […]

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