...is weak imo.
The people most likely have little confidence in the system as they flee to China. In China they see what the rest of the world looks like and probably get messages back home somehow.
With US aid South Korea would dismember the North for good because I do not think China would help them much because they are too much of a headache for them. Besides it would give the Chinese themselves to help themselves to the loot of the North and ...booty...due to the female shortage in the PRC which would make the PLA very happy. :)
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