An "Extended Hand" For Another "Reformer"

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Last year's narrative by Time:

"Is Kim Jong Un Preparing to Become North Korea's Economic Reformer? There have been hints here and there that the younger Kim may be much more willing to experiment economically — hints that suggest that the sentiments expressed in the Mainichi Shimbun documents could be authentic. In an interview in Pyongyang with the Associated Press on Jan. 16, Yang Hyong Sop, vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, said, 'Kim Jong Un is focusing on building a knowledge-based economy and looking into cases of other countries' economic reform, including China's.'"

Today's reality from CNN:

"North Korea said Tuesday that it had conducted a new, more powerful underground nuclear test using more sophisticated technology, jolting the already fragile security situation in Northeast Asia and drawing condemnation from around the globe."

Let's give this "reformer" an "extended hand."