Staying alive: why north korea will not change by andrei lankov. 50% and resulting from it, is massive poverty: only functioning part of the north korean markets is the unofficial private markets. If they were to join together again, the sk economy would tank thanks to the costs of nk: moreover, seoul no longer believes that the north poses a threat anymore. Moins ca change: despite the leverage both country has with nk, neither china nor sk succeeded in persuading pyongyang to change. Legitimacy: the pyongyang media; insisting that it has the world"s best living standards. (information blockade and propaganda) maintains its legitimacy through the control of, market reforms and foreign investment would undermine the isolation of nk. Citizens are starting to doubt the deceptions of governmental lies: it is problematic to think that the nk"s problems could be solved by adopting the sk model for economics.