North Korea's enemy within
Thursday 13 November 1997
The 1.1 million-strong North Korean armed forces - the world's fifth largest - form the backbone of the North's Stalinist rule in the midst of a deepening economic crisis. It is relying on international aid to feed its 22 million people.
"It is inevitable that the military will rise up," Hwang Jang Yop, 74, said in a speech to a presidential advisory group.
The former member of North Korea's policy-making body, the Central Committee of the ruling Workers Party, who defected to Seoul in April, the highest- ranking North Korean to do so, based his prediction on the crumbling of the North's vast military supply industries and sagging military morale.
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