Significant Changes in North Korean Inner Circles

first_imgNews Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2008.12.26 12:56pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News Significant Changes in North Korean Inner Circles A source within the South Korean administration said on Christmas Day that while the possibility of North Korea having to face up to the absence of Kim Jong Il for any reason is not particularly high, but there have nevertheless been significant changes within the inner circle of the authorities. The source expanded, “It is commonly believed in South Korea and the U.S. that North Korea has made some significant changes to the inner circle surrounding Kim Jong Il, but there is no clear sign of that in the North Korean fundamental ruling system, in which Kim Jong Il still represents the core of authority.” The source explained that, “We evaluate even apparently minor changes as enormously important. Both countries are preparing scenarios to cope with possible situations that could be caused by these changes, regardless of the possibility of Kim Jong Il’s absence.” However, there was no specific explanation of what kind of “important changes” the government source had meant.Both countries acknowledge that North Korea may well be facing a midway stage somewhere between a state of emergency and ordinary times, instead of sudden and profound upheaval. The South Korean and the U.S.’ military authorities have established detailed plans to confront a possible six unstable patterns that could transpire in North Korea. Gen. Walter L. Sharp, Commander of the United States Forces Korea, said at a Christmas party for South Korean and U.S. generals on the 22nd that both militaries have been preparing extensively for a full-scale war against North Korea this year, and are ready to provide fully for several scenarios, like a state of unrest or a regime change.The possible six unstable patterns are a regime change, a civil war caused by a coup d’état, a massive defection of North Korean civilians, proliferation of WMD like nuclear or bio-chemical weapons, massive natural damage, and abduction of South Korean citizens by North Korea. Both military authorities have classified, specific and detailed plans to deal with the six patterns, derived from discussions of Operation Plan 5027. AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak SHARElast_img read more

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