I saw this today on CBS News – In 10 years, Kim Jong Un has cemented his power and armed North Korea to the teeth, but he’s no closer to his goals: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/north-korea-kim-jong-un-10-years-under-new-dictator/. Longer article.
CBS News DECEMBER 20, 2021
Seoul — As Kim Jong Un walked with the car carrying the coffin of his father, former North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, the public displays of grief by mourners lining the funeral procession route would have reminded him that he had big shoes to fill.
But a decade on, he’s done it. Unforgettable pictures of the young Kim riding a horse up a sacred mountain, released by North Korea‘s government in 2019, depicted a man firmly in control not only of his steed, but of his country.
Ryu Hun Woo was a senior North Korean diplomat until he defected from the isolated “Hermit Kingdom” two years ago. Speaking to CBS News Asia correspondent Elizabeth Palmer, Ryu said there was no ambiguity in North Korea about who was in charge.