Mike Chinoy, Former CNN Asia Correspondent, Explores Kim Jong Un’s First Months as Supreme Leader

Seven months after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jon-il, Mike Chinoy sits down with North Korea specialist Yoo Ho-Yeol to discuss the political transitions taking place on the Korean peninsula.  Watch the interview.

Chinoy, a Senior Fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at University of Southern California and former CNN Senior Asia Correspondent, takes a closer look into Kim Jong Un's early months as supreme leader of North Korea—his hold on power, how he's navigating his family's legacy, and what policy directions he seems to be taking.

The interview is a project of 38 North, a website devoted to analysis of North Korea. 38 North is a Carnegie Corporation funded program of The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Chinoy’s interview with Yoo Ho-Yeol, Director and Professor of North Korean Studies at Korea University, dives deeper into the question of North Korea's economy under Kim Jong Un. As economic improvement is largely believed to be a key test of the young leader's legitimacy in the long term, Dr. Yoo analyzes Kim Jong Un's willingness and ability to make economic changes in the current political environment.

The interview also takes a look at the North Korean nuclear issue, examining how U.S. and Chinese foreign policy have influenced the North’s nuclear stance and what is needed to make progress on this contentious issue.