So the verdict seems to be that North Korea’s new ruler, Kim Jong-un, son of the dead and decaying (and he won’t be embalmed, either), Kim Jong-il, has managed – with the help of the established elite – to cement a firm grip on power.
To do that, he has to have control of the Party and the military insofar as holding two key posts.
Paik said the son would assume his father’s official titles – ruling party chief and chairman of the all-powerful National Defence Commission – and the timing of this was just a technicality.
Through the two positions, the late leader controlled both the party and the 1.19-million-strong armed forces in the country of “Songun” (a military-first policy).
If you’re interested, take a look at how the North Korean system is structured; it’s all very 1984.
Kim Jong-il was also one of four heads of the Politburo plus being head of the Secretariat – so really, there’s three key positions the Nork’s new leader has to fill (NDC, Politburo, Secretariat)… as well as maintaining hold over Office #39 which is basically a private slush fund for the Kim family (that the average Nork citizen wouldn’t have a clue about).
Anyway, where was I?
Ah, yes. A smooth transition means an unlikely chance of bombs being lopped on my head.
Also, the new boy was western edumacated as you all probably know so there’s a quiet hope the North might open up a bit, quit being so hostile and who knows, the Koreans might even start acting semi-normal towards each other.
The weird thing is, you can’t get any info out of a South Korean about their northern neighbour. Not even with my wife. Their feelings etc. They just shut down.
BTW, did you know communism is hip and down these days?