07 April 2005

Welcome Back Dear Leader

Kim Jong Il has once again shown his shiny face after some serious back-room discussions with the North Korean elite (and the Chinese apparently) about the future of six-way talks, North Korea's nuclear ambitions and the state and future state of the north Korean economy. While I haven't seen the KCNA report yet, South Korea's Yonhap is citing it saying Kim visited an army unit sometime recently, his first public appearance since his May 8 trip to the Russian embassy. Kim had a strong start this year in January and February, then slipped off the radar screen after the beginning of March. Kim has been elusive recently, usually a sign that some serious rejiggering of North Korean policy is in the works. Note that Pyongyang rescheduled the SPA as well.

Welcome back to the spotlight, dear leader!

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