Two correspondents from the Times of London, who entered North Korea under the guise of potential investors, have filed this remarkable report headlined, "Chairman Kim's Dissolving Kingdom." It paints a picture of rapid decay among the state's mechanism of control, as if only inertia and an initial spark are delaying the regime's rapid (and most likely, violent) collapse.
The Command Post distills the key points.
According to the Times report, Kim was counting on Kerry's election:
Bush’s re-election dealt a blow to Kim, 62, who had gambled on a win by John Kerry, the Democratic candidate. Kim used a strategy of divide and delay to drag out nuclear talks with the United States, China, Russia, Japan and South Korea through 2004. Kim lost his bet and now faces four more years of Bush, who says that he “loathes” the North Korean leader and has vowed to strip him of atomic weapons.
1140Z MON 31JAN05