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N Korea at crossroads

Heir to Kim bloodline looms over sanctions-battered regime

Dissident group that protected North Korean leader's nephew emerges from shadows

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un faces the challenge of shoring up support at home while a dissident group stirs abroad.   © KCNA via Reuters

SEOUL -- In the weeks since returning empty-handed from a late-February summit with the U.S., North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's troubles have only grown, with a resistance group starting to move against his government even as sanctions hamstring the economy.

An organization called Free Joseon took credit last month for a Feb. 22 raid on a North Korean embassy in Madrid, from which it stole computers and mobile phones and shared information with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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