The Rising East: In North Korea, Five Bad Choices, One Ray of Light

North Korean Central News Agency

The keen observer of North Korea spread gloom and doom about the Hermit Kingdom of Northeast Asia, then relented and allowed a glimmer of light to shine through.

Victor Cha, a scholar at Georgetown University in Washington who is among a handful of American authorities on North Korea, told a gathering at the East-West Center here that the dictatorial rulers in Pyongyang had made “five bad choices” over the last six decades since the Korean War.

The author of a book entitled “The Impossible State,” Cha said that the bad decisions by Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea, son Kim Jong Il, and grandson Kim Jong Un, the current leader, were responsible for upward of a million deaths from malnutrition and disease over those years.

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