Kim Jong Un’s November: Got the guns, now for the butter
The return of Byungjin, and the continued role of Jo Yong Won, “Kim Jong Un’s shadow”.
November was full of interesting developments for those interested in the North Korean leadership and the ruling party’s narratives. This article reviews:the major (and almost certainly enduring) political significance of the Hwasong-15 launch; further signs, detected in this column since August, that there may be concern within the leadership about too much focus on ‘guns’ and not enough on ‘butter’; the continued role of “Kim Jong Un’s shadow,” Jo Yong Won; and an alternative possibility for the recent absence of Hwang Pyong So.
First, however, here is the overview data of supreme leader Kim
- 01Change and consistency in North Korean markets: domestic vs global food prices
- 02North Korea’s upcoming Supreme People’s Assembly session: review and prospects
- 03ROK-U.S. cost-sharing talks: what’s at stake in the battle between the allies
- 04North Korea in March 2020: a month in review and what’s ahead
- 05Timeline: from North Korea coronavirus fears to a new bout of missile testing
- 06Contextualizing North Korean foreign ministry comments on Pompeo
- 07North Korea tests “super-large” rocket launcher: what we learned
- 08North Korea’s Cabinet Premier Kim Jae Ryong: his first year and what’s next