The Hermit Kingdom and Its King

An interview with Sue Mi Terry

2016 saw a provocative and worrying move from North Korea: a fourth nuclear test. This came hard on the heels of revelations that the Obama administration had made secret overtures to Pyongyang late in 2015. The continuing intransigence of North Korea in the face of near-complete diplomatic isolation stems from its rigidly controlled internal politics. But, says Sue Mi Terry, a former CIA analyst and an expert on the Asian nation, the Kim regime’s grasp may be slipping — which opens up a world of ugly risks.

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