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Oral History Archive: The 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework

Oral History Archive: The 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework

On October 21, 1994, the United States and North Korea signed an agreement--the Agreed Framework--calling upon Pyongyang to denuclearize in exchange for two light water reactors. An international consortium called the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) was formed to implement the agreement. The Agreed Framework ended an [...]

Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation

Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation

A 38 North Interview of Dr. Yu Byounggyu with Mike Chinoy “oth South and North Korea recognize that the Kaesong Industrial Complex is conducive to economic growth on both sides, and that the complex has great symbolic meaning in maintaining peace on the Korean peninsula. Also, citizens do not want the project to end.” ~ Yu Byounggyu In this [...]

The Unification Issue

The Unification Issue

A 38 North Interview of Park Cheol with Mike Chinoy “Currently there is not much economic cooperation aside from the Kaesong Industrial Complex, but once inter-Korean relations are normalized and recovered, we expect economic cooperation between our countries to increase at least to the level of North Korea and China.” ~ Park Cheol In [...]

“The Country I Saw,” or “How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love North Korea’s Bomb (Almost)”

“The Country I Saw,” or “How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love North Korea’s Bomb (Almost)”

Wonkish hearts are aflutter over a new movie produced by the DPRK’s official film studio, Chosun Art Film Studio. The movie—actually four full-length sequels to a 1988 propaganda piece called The Country I Saw—is the fictional story of how one unassuming Japanese professor of international relations learns to stop worrying and love North [...]

The DPRK Economy at a Glance

The DPRK Economy at a Glance

 A 38 North Interview of Dr. Yoon Deok-Ryong with Mike Chinoy "There are many people who are waiting for real policy changes in North Korea because the North Korean government or the leader has promised something bigger in the future. But we don’t see any concrete changes yet." ~ Dr. Yoon Deok-Ryong In this 38 North video, Mike Chinoy, [...]

Korea’s Changing Political Landscape: A 38 North Interview of Dr. Yoo Ho-Yeol with Mike Chinoy

Korea’s Changing Political Landscape: A 38 North Interview of Dr. Yoo Ho-Yeol with Mike Chinoy

“The military is the most powerful and well organized system instituted in North Korea and therefore, I think the North Korean system could be protected from outside aggression or invasion. It doesn’t matter whether they have the nuclear weapons or not.” ~ Dr. Yoo Ho-Yeol In the latest 38 North video, Mike Chinoy, Senior Fellow at the [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.