North Korea’s report on its COVID-19 crisis suggests the need to reinforce Kim’s leadership at a time when confidence in his ability to control the pandemic is in doubt.
Donald Kirk is a journalist and the author of several books about Asian affairs, including Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine (2009); Okinawa and Jeju: Bases of Discontent (2013); Kim Dae Jung and the Quest for the Nobel (with Kim Kisam, 2016)
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