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Korea: Nuts in the North

Korea: Nuts in the North

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Published by David Welch
An interview with Ken Lim, author of The North Korean, an unpublished but informative and entertaining book that provides insight into North Korea. The interview is more about Ken's insight into the current situation with North Korea.
Even wonder what will happen with North Korea in the next ten years?
An interview with Ken Lim, author of The North Korean, an unpublished but informative and entertaining book that provides insight into North Korea. The interview is more about Ken's insight into the current situation with North Korea.
Even wonder what will happen with North Korea in the next ten years?

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Published by: David Welch on Apr 18, 2013
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Nuts in the North 
We are hearing a lot of noise from North Korealately about how they are going to attack the U.S.and South Korea and some of our leaders claim totake these claims seriously. Frankly I’m skepticalabout the whole thing since the North Koreaneconomy is in shambles and only survives becauseof the generousity of South Korea which has aneconomy some 20 times larget than the North.However, I decided to consult with the closest thingI know to an ‘expert’ on North Korea, Kenneth Lim,who is the author of “The North Korean.” Mr. Lim’sbook is actually a tremendously entertaining andinsightful historical novel which, unfortunately, isnot yet published. I ran across the book onAuthonomy, an author’s website where writers canpost unfinished works to obtain comments andsuggestions from other authors.Mr. Lim’s novel is one of my favorite books on thatsite. You can check it out yourself by going towww.authonomy.comand searching for “The NorthKorean.” If you like it you can ‘vote’ for it by‘backing’ it and giving it a six star rating.
 
Anyway, I contacted Mr. Lim to get an idea of whathe thinks with the current bizare behavior from KimIl Jun, the young and strange leader of this crazycountry. My discussion with Kenneth Lim follows:Kenneth, could you briefly tell us about yourbackground and how you became interested inNorth Korea?
My father was from Choson, and my book a fictional dramatization of actual events in his life. It is a rehash of stories he told me since I was a youngster on his knee. I felt these revelations worth sharing with the world.
Do you believe North Korea will actually initiate anew conflict with the South and with the U.S.?
North Korea will go as far as it is advantageous to do so, theblackmail accomplishing certain goals, including keeping itsown populace shackled by a siege mentality. This game of "chicken" can only be played up to a certain extent beforeturning suicidal.
If they were to attack and we, along with the SouthKoreans, responded in kind do you believe theChinese would step in on the side of the NorthKoreans?
Korea is historically an extension of the Chinese empire. Theancient ties buried deep in the Chinese psyche, led to China'sintervention in the Korean War. But China's self-interest isnow intertwined with that of the U.S. and SouthKorea. Upsetting this relationship could do irreparabledamage to China's economic advantage. My gut instinct saysChina in its practical wisdom, would try and prevent asecond Korean War.
Kenneth, as you know from reading my book, “Stopthe Insanity Target 2014.” I believe the U.S. shouldremove most, if not all, of our 25,000 plus militarypersonnel from South Korea. Do you believe I

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A nut in need of cracking
William Douglas Frank added this note
Thank you very much for this article, Mr. Welch. I am glad to see another person appreciating the literature on Authonomy and I hope your articles continue to bring the magnificent content hosted on this website closer to the public eye.
David Welch added this note
Interesting and Informative
Jane Bwye added this note
A very interesting interview! I, too, enjoyed The North Korean on authonomy.
Eftborin added this note
Kennith Lim's book is excellent. It is indeed strange that it hasn't reached the ed's desk on Authonomy as yet. Like all of us hopeful amateur writers on the site, Kenneth has stuck to his guns and has taken good advice to improve his book. Eftborin (author of 'Devereux')
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