Jason Strother

Multimedia Journalist

North Korea Not As Crazy As You Think

North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un has in recent weeks ended a sixty year old cease fire agreement, threatened to launch nuclear strikes and has all but shut down a lucrative joint industrial park. And just as like with his father and grandfather before that, observers around the world are saying this young leader must be out of his mind. But there’s at least one analyst who doesn’t think the Pyongyang regime is crazy. He’s Andrei Lankov, a Russian expert on North Korea who lectures at Kookmin University in Seoul. He’s come out with a new book entitled, “The Real North Korea–Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia”. Professor Lankov explains why North Korea isn’t as irrational as many think it is to our Korea correspondent Jason Strother.

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