A nuclear NoKo,which has in the past been very liberal in selling its nuclear and missile tech,in particularly to Pak,our mortal enemy,appeared to have also had the blessings of its Chinese "Uncle" in its maverick style of WMD proliferation.The unfinished business -the hangover of the Korean War,which has seen the peninsula becoming one of the wold's most heavily armed places on earth per sq mile,also saw in recent times increased tension with the sinking of a SoKo ASW corvette,suspected of being sunk by a NoKo mini-sub.Dear Leader Kim was a master in the art of the unexpoected,whether it was nuclear testing or alternating between peace and tension,that completely befuddled the US and West in their understanding of the "Hermit regime" and dealing with NoKo diplomatically as normal nations with each other do.
His death will also be very keenly watched in Pak,recipient of his WMD largesse and elsewhere around the world,where a nuclear armed paranoic state like NoKo wil be battening down against the world from intruding in its internal affairs,while it seeks to sustain as smooth as possible the succession of Jong Un.The young one,who may probably be now named as "Young Leader" will need all the wisdom of the elders in the power hierarchy to consolidate his position before making any changes in steering his leaky boat out of its economic depression and regional tension with his fellow SoKos.
As is often the case in totalitarian states with no meaningful contact with the outside world, we can expect the authorities in Pyongyang to be gripped bv intense paranoia as they attempt a seamless transition of power. Any false move by one of North Korea's many perceived enemies could have the regime reaching for the panic button, which is never a reassuring thought when you are dealing with an inherently unstable country that also happens to be armed with nuclear weapons.
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