Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Reuters reported earlier today of a possible trip by DPRK Special Envoy (and Fletcher School Dean) Stephen Bosworth to Pyongyang. Yomiuri Shimbun has a more detailed report about Ambassador Bosworth’s trip, which is likely to occur during late November. It is highly likely that Ambassador Bosworth will be granted an audience with Kim Jong-il, who has anxiously anticipated a meeting of such import (and you thought he smiled during former President Clinton’s visit). You can also read a report about a tediously passive-aggressive State Department media interaction courtesy of Yonhap News Agency here. In an adjacent area of the Six Party Talks, China President Hu Jintao has invited General-Secretary Kim to China. If Kim Jong-il decides to fire up the locomotive toward Beijing, it could present Kim Jong-un with an opportunity to run the shop while the General-Secretary is away.
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