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May 25, 2010

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Richard J

Reading this makes me wonder what the Korean equivalent of 'clogs to clogs in three generations' is.

That said, I suppose the real politics is precisely that on which the outside world has next to no visibility on - dynastic systems with weak uninvolved figureheads tend to become riddled with palace intrigue - I'd imagine the upper echelons of the Korean government/armed forces/surprisingly unexpected centres of power would be an... interesting place to be at the moment. Come to think of it, didn't a surprisingly high-level figure get executed a month or two back as scapegoat for the currency exchange fiasco?

Cian

Tisdall's reliably wrong on most topics. I'm never quite sure whose bullshit he's relaying. CfR maybe?

Phil

the nukes are quietly dropped

That's a good trick - although of course this is the DPRK we're talking about.

Is it really Jong-un with a lower-case u - as in Young-un, or indeed Wrong-un?

jamie

That seems to be the agreed on spelling so far, though South Korean media have started calling him Kim Jong Eun. He occasionally crops up as Jong Woon as well, which I think may be the sinified version.

ajay

Suspect it would be quite easy to drop a DPRK nuke quietly because the chances are it wouldn't go off.

Phil

Um, my point, actually.

ajay

Oh, right, I thought you were suggesting that they'd just be able to keep it a secret.

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