Extra! Korea

May 1, 2010

Andrei Lankov: “[North Korea’s collapse is] a very likely probability.”

Filed under: North Korea — extrakorea @ 4:52 am

People have been predicting the downfall of the North Korean regime for years and years, and yet it has always managed to survive. In the aftermath of the failed currency reform, these same predictions are being made again. However, this time, there may finally be some credence to them. How do we know? For one thing, North Korean expert Andrei Lankov is among those who believe that we may finally be seeing the end game of the current ruling regime.

“[A North Korean collapse is] a very likely probability,” said Lankov. “And personally, if you ask me, I don’t believe there is going to be a peaceful, gradual end of the North Korean regime. It will be dramatic, and probably violent.”

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4 Comments »

  1. Oh, now he gets on board. I’ve been saying for five months that we’ve prolly reached a tipping point.

    Comment by kushibo — May 3, 2010 @ 3:40 am

  2. I don’t think it’s fair to suggest that he’s jumping on a bandwagon. Being cautious is his style. Remember when everyone was saying that Kim Jong-il had anointed his son to be heir and he said that we don’t know for sure yet.

    Comment by extrakorea — May 10, 2010 @ 8:58 am

  3. […] Among them are Andrei Lankov, a scholar at Seoul’s Kookmin University, who is quite blunt about the prospects of a North Korean collapse. “It’s a very likely probability,” said Lankov. “And personally, if you ask me, I don’t believe there is going to be a peaceful, gradual end of the North Korean regime. It will be dramatic, and probably violent.”  [Chosun Ilbo via Extra Korea!] […]

    Pingback by Andrei Lankov Expects Violent End to North Korean Regime | ROK Drop — May 11, 2010 @ 11:19 am

  4. […] is true, then the end of North Korea’s current regime could be coming soon, and it probably won’t be pretty. Leave a […]

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