North korea’s Kim Jong-un is very evil smart powerful man. He got european education and honorary economics doctorate from malaysian university. I thought what the hell but then few month later it was revealed that he got russian to build rail way to port in east china sea. He used synergy to build road with army. He is building amusement park. Probably for china and russa but others that can live on danger can go there too. Some website claims his family is worth us$5 billion.
So I think he probably have firm control of north koreans with japanese residents(spies?). He probably have profiteer from japanese drug, prostitution, gambling(pachinko parlor is 80% ethnic korean). I think he benefit from softbank too.
Of course there was execution of ex-girl friend over making porn was very evil. This send clear message not to violate any law such as taking picture or saying things that criticize north korea. Or if there’s some sex involved in north korea, shut up or face severe punishment.
Until this year, I thought north korea will be absolved by south. But I think north korea will out last fake communist china and I see potential north more than south. I think north korea’s potato strategy to ward off starvation and global warming helped. Other than that, he canceled armistice thus north korea and usa/south korea is still at war. He cunningly calculate and even threat usa with nuclear strike and get away with it.
Since there’s not much snow in South Korea, it is possible that they might even have part of winter Olympics there or Japan.
Anyway, I think it would be strategic to retire old and bring in more younger generation who were educated in modern schools. Of course having YES MAN(10 years of very harsh hardship) will be good for few years.
All solders of korean wars are war criminals. Even usa used “kill’em all” including children atrocity. By releasing a war criminal, he shows to the world he is in control and there’s no grudge from past. He is trying to promote tourism, so it implies that everyone who does not break rules are safe.
USA has always had huge spy and espionage branch. Chances are Kenneth Bae is a spy or took a unauthorized picture or supported some anti north korea etc. I just looked in wiki and I was right. So N korea’s standard, he should been executed but he can be used for future negotiations.
Jang has probably power struggled, lean too much on chinese side, cheated on aunty(thus make Un loses face), drug(responsible for drug export or scape goat), or responsible for execution of ex-gf or whatever else. Executing jang also clears any doubt about who is in control.