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Moscow supports Kim Jong-un by Leonid Petrov

In Asia, Europe, government, history, politics on July 11, 2012 at 00:09

 

From: Moscow supports Kim Jong-un by Leonid Petrov, The Montreal Review, http://www.themontrealreview.com

One may be surprised by the timing and generosity of the deal. Despite promises of a new era of strength and prosperity, this year saw the DPRK at odds with old evils. The coldest winter and the driest summer in decades have dashed its expectations for a proper harvest. The embarrassment of a faulty rocket launch in April was compounded by the withdrawal of US food-aid and international condemnation. The hyper-inflation of North Korean currency and the continuing energy crisis are not the propitious signs of effective governance by the newest leader in the Kim dynasty. Is Russia trying to help Kim Jong-un consolidate political power and overcome mounting economic difficulties?

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