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North Korean regime ‘on its last legs,’ but still could threaten US, says former Bush adviser

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Jamie Weinstein
Daily Caller
April 3, 2012

The world’s most oppressive regime is “on its last legs,” according to a former director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.

“I believe that the 45th president of the United States will have to deal with a major crisis of governance in North Korea before the end of his term,” Victor Cha, who served at the National Security Agency under President George W. Bush from 2004 to 2007, told The Daily Caller in an interview about his new book, “The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future.”

“I think the regime is on its last legs. If you had asked any expert on the situation what was the most important variable that determined the stability of the regime, nine of out ten would have told you ‘sudden death of Kim Jong Il.’ Now that this has happened, many have walked away from this view because they see stability in the country thus far. My answer is that it has been barely over 100 days since the death of Kim Jong Il. Transitional regimes throughout history have lasted longer than this and have then failed, so we are very early in the game.”

Cha, who currently serves as a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a professor at Georgetown University, says that though the North Korean regime’s days may be numbered, it still poses a potentially “existential” threat to the United States.

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