The South Koreans seem to think this will lead to more sabre rattling from the North and subsequent instability. They’ve even gone as far as to declare a state of high alert in the wake of this news. An analyst said this guy was the closest, most reliable ‘friend’ the Chinese had from the Kim cult and, despite their dismissal of the situation as an ‘internal political matter’, they’re surely very concerned about these events.
What’s this going to mean for the region if even the Chinese are cut off? Can we expect another round of “satellite” launches? Perhaps some more nuclear posturing? How will we keep the reigns on Kim if their one tenuous intermediary are now more or less cut out of the loop? How, if at all, does this play into the whole East China Sea saga?