This from The Australian, who says at least one faction in China favors a coup in North Korea like the one against Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu that “replaced him with communist reformers and generals.”
However, the article quotes unnamed sources and there’s been no confirmation from elsewhere. A coup in North Korea would certainly destabilize the region, and that could lead to refugees spilling over the border into China, something they doubtless don’t want.
Maybe China figures, they should engineer a coup before the US tries, then they’d be more in control. Assuming of course that it worked out according to plans, always a dicey assumption with coups.
Or this report could be just be disinformation…
It’s amusing when you realize little bitty North Korea has put itself front and center in the world media, hardly the sign of a loony leader. Crazy like a fox maybe. Hey, they just want protection against U.S. aggression, and given the history of past and present U.S. attacks and threats against them, well, you can hardly blame them for that, nor is it paranoia.