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Yet claims that Kim has been toppled are not supported by reports of internal North Korean lectures explaining the surprise visit to the Games. DailyNK, a South Korean media organisation staffed in part by defectors who have sources in the North, says civilians were gathered at workplaces and housing complexes on Saturday afternoon to hear the government’s explanation for the trip.
“Senior party and military cadres were dispatched all the way [to the Asian Games] for our athletes, who, without exception, honoured the Fatherland with their indomitable fighting spirit,” one lecturer explained. “With his great love and compassion, Marshal Kim Jong-un personally organised their dispatch, and provided them with a special plane,” she added.
The text for these lectures, a regular feature of life in North Korea, is produced centrally for dispatch throughout the land, and delivered without deviation. Not attending public lectures and teaching sessions is, officially at least, not an option – as mandated by the Ten Principles for the Establishment of the One-ideology System.
originally posted by: Snarl
a reply to: Aazadan
Reunification is an unlikely end to US military presence on the peninsula.
It would likely have a strong influence on the persistence of a four-star combined military command under US leadership. This 'had' been a plan in the works and was only recently reconsidered (redacted to some degree) by the sitting South Korean president.
OTOH, reunification might weaken Korean/Japanese relations, making the entire region more susceptible to Chinese influence/politics.
This is a situation which warrants watching. I'll guarantee something is in the works, but there's still a possibility of return to the status quo ... and that probability grows in two simultaneous directions daily.
Probability of spillover at any border: highly unlikely to non-existent
originally posted by: Xcathdra
I wonder if we will see N. Korea announce the death on Un from a failed medical procedure or "health related" issue. Name the sister as the replacement while the generals hold the power.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
Has anyone come across info on what was discussed in the meeting between the 3 N. Koreans and S. Korea?
Someone else observed that something occurred in N. Korea because of the contradictory actions by the North. While the 3 met in Seoul a N. Korean naval vessel exchanged fire with a S. Korean vessel.
It would be..... awkward... to head to Seoul and talk about peace (if that's what was discussed) while at the same time having a naval confrontation.
Seoul defense officials say a South Korean naval ship fired a warning shot after a North Korean vessel crossed the so-called Northern Limit Line off the western coast. The North Korean ship returned fire before retreating.
The officials, who spoke anonymously, said neither ship intended to hit one another and that no injuries or damage occurred in the early Tuesday incident. They said the South's boat fired about 90 rounds in the exchange, which lasted about 10 minutes.
North Korea sent a message to South Korea Wednesday to protest the warning shots fired at its patrol boat near the disputed maritime border on Tuesday.
A South Korean government official, who did not want to be named, told reporters in Seoul the North sent a message of complaint. However, the official did not disclose further information about the sender, the receiver or the message’s content.
Another South Korean official said the message was not delivered through the Panmunjom channel, which refers to the Joint Security Area on the border between the two Koreas.
This has led to speculation that Pyongyang may have sent the message directly from its National Defense Commission, which is led by Kim Jong Un, to the South Korean Presidential Office, which is one means of transmission used in the past.
Seoul’s Defense Minister Han Min-goo Wednesday said the message’s contents cannot be revealed as it relates to ongoing talks between the two Koreas.
(Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in firm control of his government but has hurt his leg, a source with access to the secretive North's leadership said on Thursday, playing down speculation over the 31-year-old's health and grip on power.
The source said that Kim hurt his leg while inspecting military exercises.
"He ordered all the generals to take part in drills and he took part too. They were crawling and running and rolling around, and he pulled a tendon," the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
"He injured his ankle and knee around late August or early September while drilling because he is overweight. He limped around in the beginning but the injury worsened," the source said.
Kim needs about 100 days to recuperate, said the source, whose information could not be independently verified.
"Kim Jong Un is in total control," said the source, who has close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing.