North Korea Monitor

How Much Influence Does the North Korean Military Have?

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Not very much, according to the Park Young Tack, an active duty officer at Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA). DailyNK quotes Park saying:

It seems that Kim Jong Il allows the military to exert influence on decision making to some extent as a reward for the military’s pledge to help build and defend the absolute dictatorship of Kim Jong Il,” Park said.

“The military circles take part in making policy decisions by offering specialized suggestions in the process and acting as an opinion leader advocating the Kim Jong Il regime which adopts the ‘Military-First’ policy among the ruling elite, the leaders from the middle class and the lower class,” Park said. However, Park added that the military has limited influence over matters other than its own.

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Written by nkmonitor

January 28, 2008 at 2:38 am

Posted in Inside North Korea

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  1. The MPAF doesn’t exert much direct control on policy. However Kim Jong-il’s need to maintain power (e.g. military first policy) means that the military won’t be forgotten when it comes to policy concerns.

    Richardson

    January 28, 2008 at 2:53 pm


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