On North Korea’s criticism of South Korean president Park Geun Hye

first_img By Daily NK – 2016.11.03 2:49pm Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? On North Korea’s criticism of South Korean president Park Geun Hye Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion center_img SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Analysis & Opinion The North Korean state media has been reveling in its criticisms of the Park Geun Hye administration as the scandal involving Choi Soon Sil’s influence on national affairs causes political turmoil in South Korea. The North Korean media has claimed that “the current regime (of South Korea) has virtually collapsed,” adding that the president, the Blue House, and the Cabinet should all resign and that, “this is the worst political scandal possible, and the president must be impeached immediately and face trial.” For North Korea, the current scandal presents an irresistible opportunity to criticize the South Korean president.However, these criticisms invite scrutiny on both sides of the border, when considering the decades mismanagement and suffering inflicted by the North Korean regime on its population.In August, severe flooding hit North Hamgyong Province, devastating villages and guard posts along the Chinese border. Although hundreds of people were reported dead according to government sources, evidence suggests that the actual number is significantly higher. Additional fatalities are likely to have been caused by the decision of the authorities to discharge water from a large dam without any efforts to notify the downstream population. Residents living in the affected areas were then faced with rapidly rising waters entering their homes. The regime remains tight-lipped on the issue, and Kim Jong Un has declined to visit the damaged regions reportedly due to security issues.If such an event were to occur in South Korea, the public would demand an investigation of the decision-making bodies responsible by special prosecutors, and the political ramifications would be immense.However, due to the fact that North Korea is one of the most highly censored countries on the planet, the concept of public discourse is absent. The phrase, ‘State of Strong Ideology’ which the regime’s propaganda emphasizes, is in fact a thinly-veiled warning not to question the Kim family. In other words, Juche ideology stipulates that the supreme leader’s actions belong to a quasi-religious sacred realm beyond criticism.However, this form of ideology appears to be losing its strength. In the times of Kim Il Sung, most of the residents showed what appeared to be genuine loyalty to the leader, but this gradually weakened during the Kim Jong Il era, and has become particularly more evident with Kim Jong Un. The people of North Korea do not receive the state provisions guaranteed in their constitution, and rely on their own efforts within the market economy to survive. The fact that there are an increasing number of defections by officials and high-ranking party members also indicates that loyalty among the ruling class is weakening.Unless the North Korean regime transforms itself into a more transparent system of governance, its power base will continue to subside. No dictatorship in history has succeeded in maintaining its power against the will of the people.*Views expressed in Guest Columns do not necessarily reflect those of Daily NK. Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more