April 05, 2020

“Hermit” no more: a North Korea cliché and its pitfalls
Kim Jong Un wasn’t hiding, just biding his time – like his father before him
Like everyone, I’m striving to grasp and frame the strange new place the Korean peninsula is at right now. My first article in this series looked at how Kim Jong Un cemented his rule after inheriting power in 2011. He began with the home front: reining in the KPA, purging rivals, and restoring Party pre-eminence – under him, of course. This occupied his first four years.From 2016 Kim