The second year of Kim Jong Un’s rule in North Korea was enormously eventful. The year began with Pyongyang carrying out its third nuclear test, a move of reckless brinksmanship that alarmed the region and beyond. North Korea formally declared its goal of “simultaneously pursuing nuclear and economic development,” but failed to take a decisive step toward economic reform. The ruthless purge and execution of Jang Song-taek revealed the structural weakness of the ruling system.
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Research Article| February 01 2014
North Korea in 2013: Economy, Executions, and Nuclear Brinksmanship
Asian Survey (2014) 54 (1): 89–100.
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Hong Yung Lee; North Korea in 2013: Economy, Executions, and Nuclear Brinksmanship. Asian Survey 1 February 2014; 54 (1): 89–100. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2014.54.1.89
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