North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) presides the 7th Workers Party Congress at the April 25 Palace in Pyongyang, on May 9, 2016 (AFP Photo/Antoine Demaison)
Julian Ryall, DW: Can North Korea's elites oust Kim Jong Un?
A coup in Pyongyang would be a welcome solution to problems posed by the reclusive and pugnacious regime in North Korea. But convincing the dictator's closest allies to turn against him will be tough, say experts.
A study by the RAND Corporation, a US government-funded think tank has proposed a radical new solution to the seemingly intractable problem of North Korea's worsening relationship with the international community.
It suggested that incentives such as immunity from prosecution for human rights abuses might be used to encourage senior members of the regime to stage a coup against the country's leader Kim Jong Un.
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WNU Editor: These stories on North Korean leader and his relationship with the country's elites make the rounds every month .... Are The 'Elites' In North Korea Increasingly Seeing Kim Jong-Un As A Weak Leader? (April 27, 2017). What's my take .... as long as the security forces protecting Kim Jong-Un are loyal to him .... and they are. And as long as no external country supports an armed opposition group in north Korea .... and none are. Kim Jong-Un will continue to rule.