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PacNet #28B – Preparing for the Inevitable in North Korea

According to the old saying, the only inevitabilities in life are death and taxes.  North Korea, always the contrarian, touts the fact that it has eliminated taxes and allows Kim Il Sung to remain in office despite his death over a decade ago.  Despite this, we can agree on two points:  the death of his son and chosen successor, Dear Leader Kim Jong-il is inevitable, and this event has the potential to be the ultimate game changer, both for the peninsula and the U.S.-ROK alliance.