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North Korean Succession and the Risks of Instability

Asia Report N°230, 25 July 2012

Billboard reads 'Long live General Kim Jong-un, the sun of military first Korea!'. Photo:Crisis Group/Dan Pinkston

Despite last week’s abrupt shuffle at the top of the military leadership, Kim Jŏng-ŭn appears to be firmly established as the new leader of North Korea, completing a faster and smoother power transition than many experts anticipated.

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North Korean Succession and the Risks of Instability, Asia Report N°230, 25 Jul 2012

Despite last week’s abrupt shuffle at the top of the military leadership, Kim Jŏng-ŭn appears to be firmly established as the new leader of North Korea, completing a faster and smoother power transition than many experts anticipated.

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