Overview North Korea

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The essential nature of the North Korean political system has not changed, and supreme leader Kim Jung-un continues to play a dangerous game as he attempts to protect and preserve his regime.

North Korea has engaged in reformist measures, yet corruption has become ever more rampant, playing a double role by supporting the expansion of commercial activities and redistributing profits to agencies loyal to the regime. Generally, the regime pushes the parallel development of the economy and weapons of mass destruction.

Outside observers sometimes assume that North Korea’s increased contact with the outside world will lead to policy changes. In reality, there has been extensive contact, yet there have been no visible attempts by the government to apply learned theory and practice of successful economic reforms in China and Vietnam.

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