The comeback Kim: lessons from the North Korean leader’s three-week absence
DPRK watchers must see the recent storm of speculation as an opportunity to learn where proper expertise really resides
Coverage of Kim Jong Un’s three-week absence from public view verged at times on the farcical.
Exemplified by one American broadcaster’s transformation of news of a minor medical procedure into a life-threatening condition over the course of an afternoon, it reaffirmed that, all too often, anything is possible in non-specialist North Korea reporting.
However, while much went badly awry, the subject of Kim Jong Un’s well being and any future power succession is justified.
As Daniel Pinkston wrote in NK News last week, it matters who controls the guns and
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- 03Sitting above rank: the rise of Ri Pyong Chol, Pak Jong Chon, and the military
- 04Secret partner: North Korean in Thailand behind network of money-making entities
- 05North Korean think tank statement shows focus on U.S. ‘hostile policy’ prevails
- 06Volte-face: What explains Kim Jong Un’s sudden change of heart?
- 07North Korea’s Central Military Commission: Kim Jong Un promotes a new generation
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