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“It’s all about rivalries between the generations,” he said. “They don’t have the experience to deal with a situation like this, with so much power struggle. For Kim Jong Un to sustain himself he’s got to have a strong rule, controlling his people through fear of punishment or fear of reprisal.”

Jang is appearing at the Parnassus festival _ a gathering of poets that organizers claim is the largest poetry festival ever staged in the United Kingdom.

Other participants included Afghanistan’s Reza Mohammadi, Kay Ryan from the United States and Karlo Mila from New Zealand.

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Sylvia Hui can be reached at twitter.com/sylviahui

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Online:

Jang’s poetry, translated into English, can be read at

http://www.asialiteraryreview.com/web/article/en/337