How Kim’s call for typhoon help exploits cheap labor and builds political unity
The North Korean leader's call will reveal who is truly loyal to the regime while also providing cheap workers
Kim Jong Un’s weekend “open letter” call for help to respond to damage caused by recent typhoons hits two birds with one stone: It not only aids reconstruction efforts – at a considerable discount – but also serves as a political call to rally the people around the leadership.
Since it is backed by Kim’s personal authority, the letter is a litmus test for the loyalty of ruling party members in the capital. Failure to demonstrate one’s total desire to answer the leader’s call to come to the aid of flood-hit regions in the northeast
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