This is a dangerous combination indeed. This does not mean that North Korean collapse is imminent – with some luck the North Korean regime can hold on for a couple of decades (if not longer). Nonetheless, this might all mean that regime collapse from within is now more likely to happen than ever. So the long-discredited collapsist school might be proven right at last.
When North Korea may collapse
“Recent developments make the chances of regime disintegration in the North far more likely in the mid-term”
“The decision to initiate reform-like changes is, in itself, very dangerous in a country like North Korea”
“North Koreans are far more willing than ever to talk politics, and express their alienation or even open hostility to the regime”