The Son Also Rises

Kim Jong Il's death set strategists in motion across the globe. Here's what they have to think about

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Kim Jong Un, front, salutes besides his father's hearse

What happens in Pyongyang doesn't stay in Pyongyang. Even though North Korea is probably the world's most hermetic country, its actions reverberate beyond its borders. For years, many governments have tried carrot-and-stick policies to curb Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, persuade it to treat its people better and force it to behave like a responsible member of the global community. Here's a six-nation state of play in the post--Kim Jong Il era, in which his son Kim Jong Un has been named his successor.

North Korea

With a new, untested leader in his late 20s taking charge (at least ostensibly) of an isolated,...

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