» 07/23/2012, 00.00
Joseph Yun Li-sun
Kim Jong-un changing "everything in order that nothing changes"
A South Korean source tells AsiaNews what is happening in the last Stalinist nation in the world. "Purges, new appointments and economic changes are means by which the dictator wants to reshape the nation's power structure. However, the truth is that he fears a popular uprising that might bring down the ruling oligarchy. If he wants to survive, he should talk to Seoul."
30/07/2012 NORTH KOREA
As Kim Jong-un plays in the park, uncle takes the country
Hamlet takes centre stage in Pyongyang. With North Korea's young dictator, Kim Jong-un, playing happy husband with wife at the amusement part for the greater joy of photographers, Uncle Jang Song-taek purges the top echelons of the regime to assert his power. However, he is taking big risks because North Koreans will not let a non-Kim rule them.
20/07/2012 NORTH KOREA
Purges, killings and new economy: Kim Jong-un's grab for real power
After taking over in December, the young dictator has had to put up with the generals. Now, with the sacking of the chief of General Staff, which led to a gun fight that might have killed and wounded 40 people, and the creation of a political bureau to run the economy, changes are coming to the top. A "final struggle" for power is underway, source tells AsiaNews.
Infighting in the ruling family, army and party behind Kim's threats
"Whilst everyone was looking at the movements of the military, various players have changed inside the regime. The dictator's uncle no longer appears to be in the picture; he was the regime's eminence grise and main contact with the military." Official tells Chinese, "There'll be no war on the Korean Peninsula, so send as many tourists as possible".
21/12/2011 NORTH KOREA
North Korean soldiers stealing food from people, as everyone fears the worst
A source on the border with China tells AsiaNews, “Soldiers are hoarding all they can find in their barracks. People are starving to death because here you can live only with a rifle and some food.” Meanwhile, the power struggle for the dead leader’s throne picks up.
Bo Xilai Maoist revival "worse than Cultural Revolution"
The downfall of the communist secretary of Chongqing has carried with it a corrupt system of power linked to the triads, which did not hesitate to use Maoist methods of "terror" to consolidate their power. China is at a turning point: it knows that the path followed to date has reached a dead end but can not find consensus for the future.
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