Latest Op-Ed: Can Kim Jong Un’s Diplomatic Offensive Visits Break Sanctions?

Added to the disaster of North Korea’s command economy is an ongoing heat wave that has devastated crops, persistent electricity shortages , and sanctions that are—more often than not—enforced by Russia and China. Kim has implemented a limited number of reforms, such as switching from communal farms to family ones. North Korea has also allowed some limited competition, private property, and at times ignores black markets out a grudging nod to the reality of supply and demand. But in the face of sanctions and the inefficiencies of communism, these meager changes are not enough.” Read more here.

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