North Korea: No hope for the hopeless

The former leader Kim Jong-il. Photo: wikimedia.After the announcement of the death of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, on the 17th of December 2011, the world looked on with bated breath.

There was, and still is, much speculation about the effects of the transfer of power to Kim Jong-il’s youngest son, Kim Jong-un. Although few expect any change to happen quickly, numerous possibilities exist, including a change within the Pyongyang regime itself, a revolution within the nation, a Korean reunion or even the possibility of North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons programme.