Credible reports are now coming through of a coup attempt or serious unrest in North Korea. There have been internal travel restrictions in place since September 27th, The leader Kim Jung-un has not been seen in public since September 4th. Last December, he executed his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who had vast power networks througout North Korea and China. He has had five defence ministers since he came to office in 2011. China, South Korea and the United States have been under pressure to make detailed plans for North Korea’s collapse, including securing its nuclear weapons.
And now, senior North Korean officials are sending out olive branches — the latest being a surprise visit to South Korea for the closing ceremony of the Asian Games. The world’s most precarious political transition could be beginning.
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