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TOKYO (AP) — A new book claims that the estranged eldest son of North Korea’s late leader, Kim Jong-il, believes that the impoverished government is in danger of collapse and that his young half brother, hailed as the new leader, is merely a figurehead.
The author, Yoji Gomi, a journalist for Tokyo Shimbun, said that over a number of years, he exchanged 150 e-mails with the older son, Kim Jong-nam, and spent a total of seven hours interviewing him.
The book, “My Father, Kim Jong-il, and Me,” which went on sale on Wednesday, drew immediate attention as a rare view into the family that has led the secretive country for decades, even though Kim Jong-nam is thought to be estranged from his family and the workings of government.
“Jong-un will just be a figurehead,” the book quotes him as saying. It also claims that he has called the collapse of North Korea’s economy likely unless the government initiates reforms, which could also bring it down.
“Without reforms and liberalization, the collapse of the economy is within sight,” Mr. Kim is quoted as saying. “But reforms and opening up could also invite dangers for the regime.”
Originally posted by bluemirage5
reply to post by UberL33t
I think this estranged son is probably about correct. A nation like North Korea can't last for much longer and I have a feeling Kim Jong Un won't see old age.
I think I'm right in suggesting that China is the sole customer of NK goods, and without an economically strong China, NK won't have anyone to sell to.