It’s finally capitalism for North Korea? A New Era for competitive global development and innovation has begun!
By Jamie Crawford
North Korea’s sudden dismissal of Ri Yong Ho from his post as army chief and from all his government posts caught many watchers of the secretive regime of Kim Jong Un by surprise and wondering what was going on.
“To me, it’s just another sign of how this transition is quite unstable, and we think it’s six months since Kim Jong Il died, and we think everything is normal in North Korea — clearly it’s not normal,” said Victor Cha, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and author of a new book on the Kim regime.
For Cha, who traveled to Pyongyang in 2006 as a member of the National Security Council, the announcement signals a transition still in flux. “It’s a relative term when you say ‘normal’ in North Korea, but this is not business as usual, very clearly.”
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