GIS Expert Kati Kang shares her insights into North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s weird, wild and sometimes frightening style of geopolitical maneuvering
Kim Watch: ‘Our nukes should be handed to the next generation intact’
U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to a face-to-face summit with North Korea’s dictator because he hoped against hope that Kim Jong-un could somehow be persuaded to give up his stockpile of nuclear weapons and stop ballistic missile development programs. Now, back at home, the dictator is busy assuring his cadre and public that he will not allow any of it.
Kim Watch: North Koreans have a new father
North Korea’s political philosophy makes the leader the “father” of the nation – and Kim Jong-un expects to be loved, obeyed and revered by North Koreans as if he were their biological father. Now, a new hit song is encouraging them to do just that.
Kim Watch: Army men
The impeachment of South Korea's president has Kim Jong-un looking longingly across the border. For now, the North Korean leader has busied himself with staging mock commando assaults on a replica of the presidential palace in Seoul. But he would clearly like to do much more.
Kim Watch: How China sold out its coal industry
A senior American diplomat let slip that North Korea makes $1 billion a year on coal exports, mostly to China. That will come as a surprise to anyone who puts faith in UN sanctions to block Pyongyang's nuclear program. It is also grim news for Chinese coal producers, who are on the verge of financial collapse.
Kim Watch: a fisherman’s reincarnation
The Chinese are angry over Seoul’s decision to deploy a U.S. THAAD missile system. The move is clearly aimed at defending South Korea from the North, but still threatens China’s strategic interests. And who benefits? Kim Jong-un, of course.
Kim Watch: North Korea’s special present for China
On July 28, 2016, five armed North Korean soldiers crossed the border into China to steal food and money. It was the biggest group of North Korean soldiers to cross the border for robbery so far. During an exchange of gunfire between the two countries, two Chinese border guards were seriously injured; several more were wounded. Two of the North Korean soldiers were captured.
Kim Watch: A gentleman’s revenge
In early June, Chinese authorities arrested a North Korean man in the northeastern city of Dandong. The sting occurred just a few days after Ri Su-yong, a senior North Korean envoy, had visited Beijing requesting food aid for his country. When Chinese security officials searched the North Korean man’s apartment, they found 30 million yuan ($4.5 million) in cash and a number of gold bars.