Why new housing in Pyongyang is a survival strategy for Kim Jong Un
The DPRK may not return to negotiations so long as Kim feels he can project strength through adversity at home
During the Eighth Party Congress in January, North Korea announced plans to build 50,000 modern apartment homes in Pyongyang by 2025. Construction began on the first 10,000 apartments toward this goal just two months later with a year-end deadline in mind.
But while Kim Jong Un said the project will provide the citizens in Pyongyang with “more cultured and stabler living conditions,” there are likely broader concerns the North Korean leader has in mind.
NEW HOUSING DOTS THE SKYLINE
Kim Jong Un has been noticeably more pragmatic in construction matters than his predecessors. While Kim Il
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