North Korea is only an instrument in the foreign policy of Donald Trump

My latest comments for Radio-Londres, regarding latest events on the Korean Peninsula. Opinion is available here. 

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Dirigeons-nous vers une catastrophe nucléaire sur la Péninsule Coréenne?

La Corée du Nord a annoncé avoir procédé dimanche au plus puissant essai nucléaire de son histoire. Après cette énième provocation du leadership nord-coréen, l’Amérique mais aussi la Chine hésitent sur la conduite à tenir. Le conseil de sécurité de l’ONU se réunira en urgence lundi. Que doit faire le monde à présent ? Comment réagir ? Des éléments de réponse dans ce texte.

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Fourth Day of the WPK Congress: Kim Jong-un becomes the Party Chairman

North Korea’s ruling-party congress on Monday announced a new title for Kim Jong Un — party chairman. Kim Jong-un had already been head of the party, but with the title of first secretary.

Officially bringing more people into his inner circle, Kim Jong-un filled two vacancies on the powerful Presidium of the party’s central committee. Senior party official Choe Ryong Hae regained a seat that he had lost; once considered Kim Jong Un’s No. 2, he had been briefly banished to a rural collective farm last year for re-education.

Ri Tuk Nam
On the first row we see the former North Leadership. Starting from left: Yang Hyong-sop, Kim Ki-nam, Pak Pong-ju (the North Korean Prime Minister) and Kim Yong-nam (88 years, secretary of the SPA-the North Korean assembly). At the top of the picture on the left side, we notice the presence of Ri Tuk-nam (deputy chair of the Party Control Commission). Source: Rodong Sinmun

Premier Pak Pong Ju was also named to the Presidium. Other members are Kim Jong Un himself; Kim Yong Nam, who as parliament leader is the country’s nominal head of state; and Hwang Pyong So, the top political officer of the Korean People’s Army. Kim Yong Nam, 88, stayed on despite speculation from North Korea-watchers that he might lose his position because of his age.

North Korean authorities plan to revise party rules to reflect “nuclear state” status

Qu’attendre du congrès du PTC?

A partir du 6 mai 2016 débutera le 7ème congrès du PTC (Parti du Travail Coréen). Que pouvons-nous en attendre ? Quels en sont les objectifs ? Pourquoi va-t-il se dérouler ?Que peut espérer la population nord-coréenne de congrès du PTC prévu initialement pour fin mai 2016 ? Ce congrès concernera les institutions nord-coréennes ou la population nord-coréenne ?

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Thoughts about the 7th Congress of the WPK

Since its establishment in 1948, North Korea has been effectively controlled by the Workers’ Party of Korea. Starting from the 6th May, the WPK will hold its seventh congress. The WPK congress is a gathering of delegates of the WPK. Exceptionally there will be no delegations from foreign countries (177 delegations from 118 countries were represented on the 6th Congress including Mikhail Gorbatchov,  Robert Mugabe and many others). The frequency of party congress varied during the last 70 years. This congress is the first since October 1980. The first Plenum (meeting) will elect the central party leadership (including members of the Presidium, full and candidate members of the Politburo, Secretariat and PCMC). As of now, the power had been pretty much transferred to Kim Jong-un including military, North-South relations and foreign diplomacy. Continue reading “Thoughts about the 7th Congress of the WPK”

The WPK Party Congress will open on the 6th May

On the 26th April, , the Workers’ Party of Korea Political Bureau publicized its decision on opening the 7th Party Congress on the 6th May 2016. On 30 October 2015, the Political Bureau of the CC WPK announced that the 7th Congress is to be held in early May 2016. At the difference of previous congress, no foreign guests are attending this event.

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N. Korea FM offers to halt nuclear tests if U.S. suspends military exercises with S. Korea

According to the Yonhap News Agency, North Korea is ready to halt nuclear tests if the United States suspends military exercises with South Korea, Pyongyang’s Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong (who has currrently health problems) was quoted as saying in a rare interview Saturday.

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