Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un - Past, Present and Future?

Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un - Past, Present and Future? (Source: Kim Jong-il Looking at Things)

Everyone must have heard already, but North Korea’s Dear Leader is dead, and while we should expect a lot of crocodile tears, one wonders how many real tears of grief will be shed, particularly as it opened the door for Kim Jong-un to become successor – as North Korean media is now announcing (according to the WSJ).

Kim Jong-il reportedly died on the morning of the 17th, so presumably it took a few days for the Kim dynasty to reaffirm its power and map out the way ahead. What does the future hold for the Hermit state and its relations with its neighbors?

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A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blog Defending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan. His primary interests include the so-called 'normalization' of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.
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