The Korean War started 70 years ago, on June 25, 1950, but the division of the peninsula at the 38th parallel continues to influence every aspect of both North and South Korea’s national goals. Former CIA analyst and Brookings Senior Fellow Jung Pak examines recent events, from the explosion of the joint liaison office in Kaesong to the increasing prominence of Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, and what’s driving North Korea’s escalation of tensions.
- Becoming Kim Jong Un
- The education of Kim Jong Un
- Why we shouldn’t rule out a woman as North Korea’s next leader
Thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo, Chris McKenna, Fred Dews, Marie Wilken, and Camilo Ramirez for their support.
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[On Kim Yo Jong's increased visibility] If this is intended to give her military credentials which was a gaping hole in her resume, then we might be seeing additional provocative action and manufactured crisis that end up in a military clash.