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Sergei Mitrokhin: after Kim Jong-Il death the North Korean foreign policy will probably develop according to the Chinese model

Press Release

December 19, 2011

Based on Interfax report


YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin expressed his doubt that North Korean domestic polices may change with the change of power in the country, however, he did not rule out that Pyohgyang foreign polices may become more open.

I doubt that some democratisation may be possible there at all. They have a stable totalitarian regime. And there is no crisis of this regime there, Mitrokhin told to Interfax on Monday.

He also noted that despite of the fact that the new North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been educated in the West, he is unlikely to cultivate Western values in the North Korea.

The values of the ruling clan where he was brought up are most probably more important for him than Western values. He is unlikely to abolish the undivided power, Mitrokhin said.

He also did not rule out that with a new leader coming into power in the North Korea the country may transfer to more open foreign policies and may choose a Chinese model.

There may be changes towards greater openness in foreign polices as the economy of the country has been in deplorable condition. I do not rule out [their] flowing the Chinese way, Mitrokhin said.

Kim Jong-Il, aged 69, died from an extensive infarction on December 17. He was the head of the Korean Peoples Democratic Republic, Secretary General of the Workers' Party of Korea, the supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea. It was announced that his successor will be his third son Kim Jong-un aged, according to different sources, between 27- 29.



December 19, 2011

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