Analysis

Fleitz to Congress: North Korea Remains a Serious Threat
April 18, 2012
| Security
| Asia and the Pacific
Summary
Fred Fleitz, managing editor of LIGNET.com, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee this morning on the threat from North Korea, telling Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the other members of the committee that Kim Jong Un’s hold on power is likely secure, even with last week’s failed missile launch, but that the 28-year-old ruler may not have the same degree of power as his father and grandfather before him.
“I believe last week’s failed rocket launch suggests possible subtle changes in the way the new Kim Jong Un regime will govern,” Fleitz told the committee, “although it is too early to tell what its ultimate policies will be. The regime’s decisions to invite foreign press to observe the launch and its uncharacteristic honesty to the world and at home may represent a slightly less belligerent approach to the world, at least for now.”

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