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If Lil’ Kim bites the dust…

There have been rumors that Kim Jong-un, who hasn’t been seen for weeks, is ill. (But today a SoKo paper reported that he hurt his ankle.) If he really is waning, that opens the possibility that the regime falls. And if that happens, China will really want the United States to help out, so northeast ...

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GILES HEWITT/AFP/Getty Images

There have been rumors that Kim Jong-un, who hasn’t been seen for weeks, is ill. (But today a SoKo paper reported that he hurt his ankle.)

If he really is waning, that opens the possibility that the regime falls. And if that happens, China will really want the United States to help out, so northeast China isn’t swamped by starving NoKo refugees.

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. @tomricks1

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