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North Korea about to blow?

I’ve been around the block enough to have seen predictions of a North Korean collapse come and go. But this comment from proven provider John McCreary got my attention: During the weekend, foreign diplomats, accredited in Pyongyang, claimed that large spontaneous rallies protesting the currency devaluation and replacement have been breaking out in the North ...

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I've been around the block enough to have seen predictions of a North Korean collapse come and go. But this comment from proven provider John McCreary got my attention:

During the weekend, foreign diplomats, accredited in Pyongyang, claimed that large spontaneous rallies protesting the currency devaluation and replacement have been breaking out in the North Korean capital and other major cities. The Army has been put on a heightened state of alert in case of mass acts of disobedience.

I’ve been around the block enough to have seen predictions of a North Korean collapse come and go. But this comment from proven provider John McCreary got my attention:

During the weekend, foreign diplomats, accredited in Pyongyang, claimed that large spontaneous rallies protesting the currency devaluation and replacement have been breaking out in the North Korean capital and other major cities. The Army has been put on a heightened state of alert in case of mass acts of disobedience.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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