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It shows that her portfolio and writ is far more substantive than previously believed and it is a further consolidation of the Kim family's power. Ri can now be safely identified as one of North Korea's top policy makers. Even if he has informal or off the record meetings, Ri's interlocutors can be assured that whatever proposals they proffer will be taken directly to the top.feedback
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Oct 08 2017
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May 01 2017

When Kim Jong Un first took office, it was in many ways like the first day in prison: you go and stab the biggest guy you can find so people know how tough you are.feedback

May 01 2017

Kim Jong Il was a very good father to his kids when they were young. Not when they were teenagers. She took interest in the palace intrigue and the games that went on with the elite. She had spent a number of years working Kim Jong Il's close aides so that when the time came, her son was pretty well-positioned. Anyone that approached him had to do so with Kim Jong Il's express written permission. He's very kind to regular North Koreans that he interacts with. He's not so nice to the leaders around him.feedback

May 01 2017

What we're seeing with him, he's younger. He's full of piss and vinegar. There's still this aura of mystery, and everyone loves a good mystery.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - North Korea

The SPA gatherings completely undercut any analysis or prognostications that the country is going to collapse. If they failed to convene an SPA session, that would be an indication that there is a fundamental problem among DPRK elites. If there was an existential problem with the (ruling) Workers' Party of Korea and the political culture, then they wouldn't be convening so many people at one time in Pyongyang.feedback

Mar 24 2017

Nobody would dare piggyback his father or even his grandfather. But this fits into the image [Kim] Jong-un has tried to cultivate - that he is more open, on an interpersonal basis, than his father. It conveys a certain sense of political confidence in his rule and leadership of the country. If he didn't feel secure, then he wouldn't allow these images to be disseminated - he would need to appear distant and cold.feedback

Feb 23 2017 - Malaysia

There's a five decade history here and a lot of institutional and operational memory. These people learned under tough, hardened spymasters and operations chiefs.feedback

Feb 23 2017 - Malaysia

The RGB is just one of many possibilities. It will take another week at least to pinpoint the organizations involved.feedback

Jan 05 2017

The fundamental difference is that Thae is just more laid-back and arguably less self-important. That might be due to Hwang's background as a philosophy professor and senior ideology official, whereas Thae was more of a schmoozer.feedback

Sep 09 2016

Both would have direct knowledge about a forthcoming test and would be tasked to pass along a heavily implicit message.feedback

Mar 31 2016 - North Korea

He's tried other things such as (Workers' Party) Political Bureau meetings, dismissals, demotions, etc., and it hasn't had the effect he wanted.feedback

Mar 31 2016 - North Korea

In many ways, Kim Jong Il ruled the country in open violation of the party charter.feedback

Mar 31 2016 - North Korea

The Party Congress is the most effective way to re-set North Korean political culture.feedback

Mar 19 2013

A boy would be seen as a more viable heir to the North Korean 'throne' in the event of a fourth generation leadership transition.feedback

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