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Kim Jong-un's 10th year & food shortages in N. Korea: Analysis Updated: 2021-12-08 17:36:23 KST

North Korea has been claiming it has zero COVID-19 cases because of their border lockdown and strict restrictions.
But it will not be easy if the regime continues to depend solely on self-reliance and trade with China.
For an in-depth analysis of the situation, we have GO Myong-hyun, Senior Research Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies joining us in the studio.
Great to see you.

Crippling sanctions. Food shortages.
The prices of food, daily necessities must be rapidly soaring in the regime.
Reopening the border seems unlikely due to the Omicron variant.
How dire is the situation?

Kim Jong-un marked his 10th year as the regime's leader.
He has effectively established his own leadership style.
From building an image of a figure who cares to the brutal killings of his own relatives.
What sets him apart from the previous North Korean leaders?

In 2016, North Korea announced the "byongjin" policy.
Simultaneously pursuing nuclear weapons and economic development.
Do tell us more about the approach.
Has it been effective?

On the diplomatic front.
Just a few years ago, the reclusive state managed to hold summits with the presidents of South Korea and also the U.S.
Did these steps help the young ruler effectively secure a political status comparable to his predecessors.

South Korea pledged to play a "leading role" in equipping UN peacekeepers with advanced tech and helping with medical capacity as it hosted a virtual UN peacekeeping ministerial forum.
Seoul's top diplomat emphasized the country hopes to replace the armistice.
How can the global body help increase peace for North Korea?

Alright, it was Dr. GO Myong-hyun. Thanks for speaking with us.
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