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    Default Murder /Assassination of Kim Jong Nam

    Preliminary analysis by North Korea policy experts here in the West seems to indicate that the apparent execution of Kim Jong Nam by his half-brother Kim Jong Un is evidence of increasing paranoia about the instability of the political system in North Korea.
    Let's hope so.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/w...entCollection=
    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/north-ko...uld-he-n721201


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    Channel 4 News in the UK had a report on this which suggested that Kim Jong Nam was too erratic a person to be left to his own fate, but that with the Missile test this was designed to test the reaction of President Donald Trump. Whether or not this spells the end of the 'effeminate', Eric Clapton fanatic King Jong-Chul, Dear Leader Kim's other brother, is not clear -Chul may have been in the party that arrested their Uncle Jung Sung-taek, subsequently executed. Truth is nobody at this juncture wants North Korea to fall apart, but they don't want it to 'grow' either, if that means developing an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile. This may be one area where the Trump administration and China can reach an agreement. Who knows?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.485bae46a566

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Jo...2.80.93present



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    Kim Jong-un is very insecure , and with good reason.
    China is under a great deal of pressure from the US and the international community to reign-in N Korea. With international sanctions in place China is the only thing that is keeping the Kim regime afloat , if China decides it is no longer in their best interest to support Kim the regime will collapse.
    Additionally , as noted in Jieun Baek's excellent recent book ."North Korea's Hidden Revolution" the old system of isolation is beginning to fall apart.Since the Great Famine of 1994-1998 a free market in goods and outside media has sprung up in plain sight which the government has been powerless to stop. If China decides to pull back it's support the Kim regiem will surely crumble.
    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...e-perfect-pass



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    China bows to UN sanction request and halts buying North Korean coal.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...=.9b4e0397914c


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    An interesting article on North Korea which highlights the importance of a 'free market' that has emerged since the 1990s famine, and the continuing mystery over who is actually in day-to-day control in the country. The potential for internal problems has increased as recent events may hurt North Korea's two most important outlets in trade -China and Malaysia.

    Full article here-
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/...ds-new-crisis/


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    Thanks Stavros , that article is a good summation of the current situation, which is changing fast.
    I now see N Korea is seeking talks in the US.
    http://www.military.com/daily-news/2...for-talks.html



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    For anyone interested in further detailed information about the N Korean political and economic situation the Rand Corporation produced an excellent research report in 2013 "Prepairing for the Possibility of a North Korean Collapse" which is available in pdf format and easy to skim for salient details.
    http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand...RAND_RR331.pdf



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    Possible explanations:
    1) Kim Jon Nam owed money to criminals who killed him.
    2) His half-brother, the Dear Leader Kim Jon Un, who received an honorary doctorate in economics from HELP in Malaysia, killed him because he kills all his rivals and potential rivals.
    3) Opponents of the Dear Leader, Dr Kim Jon Un, killed him to foment unrest in the leadership and make the Dear Leader, Dr Kim Jon Un look like he is batshit crazy when in reality he and North Koreans are adored throughout the world.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/26/wo...dr-leader.html



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    My money is on 3


    Quote Originally Posted by Stavros View Post
    Possible explanations:
    1) Kim Jon Nam owed money to criminals who killed him.
    2) His half-brother, the Dear Leader Kim Jon Un, who received an honorary doctorate in economics from HELP in Malaysia, killed him because he kills all his rivals and potential rivals.
    3) Opponents of the Dear Leader, Dr Kim Jon Un, killed him to foment unrest in the leadership and make the Dear Leader, Dr Kim Jon Un look like he is batshit crazy when in reality he and North Koreans are adored throughout the world.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/26/wo...dr-leader.html


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    Excellent thumbnail sketch of the human situation in North Korea from former NY Times journalist and author Blaine Harden.



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