New Challenges of North Korean Foreign Policy by Kyung-Ae Park

By Kyung-Ae Park

North Korea’s overseas coverage habit has lengthy intrigued students, wondered laymen, annoyed negotiators, and annoyed policy-makers.  This booklet brings jointly the paintings of ten of the world’s most appropriate students and major specialists on North Korea to severely research the major components and concerns which are shaping North Korea’s international coverage habit and its destiny direction.  Witnessing the quick adjustments in North Korea’s international coverage surroundings, the members to this quantity research the consequences for Pyongyang’s international coverage of the family demanding situations posed by way of the altering nationwide identification and beliefs, people’s exiting of the rustic, financial stagnation, and the military-first politics.  in addition they supply perception into the effect of assorted exterior demanding situations on North Korea’s international coverage, comparable to China ‘rising,’ multilateralism, and management alterations within the usa and South Korea, and asses Pyongyang’s techniques for dealing with those challenges. 

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In principle, it seems that North Korea has returned to its long-standing goal of having direct bilateral talks with the United States instead of a multilateral forum such as the Six-party Talks, thereby sidelining South Korea. The financial sanctions around Banco Delta Asia of Macao in late 2005 had also demonstrated that, without at least silent consent by the United States, North Korea would have no chance to actively and regularly participate in global economic exchange, including trade and access to finance.

Rodong Sinmun stressed on February 26 that all countries striving for independence should foil the “imperialists’ ideological and cultural poisoning” with a revolutionary ideological offensive. Cultural exchange and the development of human civilization are criticized as Western attempts at destroying the ideological foundations of its adversaries. ” The West advocates “freedom of thinking” and “theory of culture having no boundary” in order to force these countries to open their doors. We could interpret this stern warning as another indicator of serious problems regarding domestic ideological stability.

On a side note, even East Germany had started a rethinking of its own traditions a few years before its collapse, including a positive reinterpretation of Prussian military tradition. 27. See Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland, Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007). 28. , Korea 2008: Politics, Economy, and Society. (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009), 27–44. 29. korea-dpr. pdf. 30. Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), December 30, 2008. 31. pdf. 32.

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