No-one is sure what, but something volcanic may be going on deep within the North Korean leadership. North Korea has now denied reports that it is planning policy changes that will lead to the reform and opening of the country. A spokesman for North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, said that the new young, leader, Kim Jong-un would pursue the “military first” policy brought in by his father and would build a “civilised and comfortable life for the people under socialism. Reports that he was breaking with the past were “ridiculous”. Some commentators have speculated that the recent removal of North Korea’s top general pointed to a power struggle over economic reform.
And what might happen then?