Comparative Connections v.13 n.3 - North Korea-South Korea
January 12, 2012
No reader of Comparative Connections needs telling that Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack on Dec. 17. Kim’s death poses a dilemma. In one sense it changes everything. The DPRK is now sailing into uncharted waters, formally under a greenhorn skipper whose seamanship is untested and unknown – like almost everything else about him, except that during his Swiss schooldays he was a Chicago Bulls fan. To that extent, most of what transpired between the two Koreas during the past four months is already history; it may be no guide to what will unfold now in the era of Kim Jong Un.