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North Korea’s French Connection

North Korea’s French Connection

Official non-recognition is deceptive. There are close and longstanding ties between Paris and Pyongyang. Tired of imaginary attack-dogs? Moi aussi. Veiled as North Korea is, there’s plenty real to write without making it up. Dennis Rodman, for instance—but enough of him already. Fancy a change of scene? Let’s head for Paris: never a bad [...]

The Kaesong Opportunity

The Kaesong Opportunity

Some analysts, like Bruce Klingner writing in the Wall Street Journal on August 18, 2013 lament the recent agreement between the two Koreas to reopen the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC), calling it a “trap,” wondering why the South Koreans would want to take this step given the opportunity to close the zone altogether, and claiming that KIC [...]

New Construction Activity at the Hwanggumpyong Economic Zone

New Construction Activity at the Hwanggumpyong Economic Zone

A 38 North exclusive with contributions by Nick Hansen and Jeffrey Lewis Summary New commercial satellite imagery indicates that China and the DPRK have accelerated the development of a joint special economic zone, located on Hwanggumpyong Island, near Dandong, China. This suggests that the two countries are moving forward with the so-called [...]

Fear Prevails Over Greed: The Kaesong Shutdown

Fear Prevails Over Greed: The Kaesong Shutdown

North Korea’s shutdown of the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) is the culmination of a steady deterioration in inter-Korean relations during the political transition from Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un in the North and conservative rule in the South. Pyongyang appears to have decided to close the KIC primarily for internal security concerns and for [...]

Whither the Kaesong Industrial Complex?

Whither the Kaesong Industrial Complex?

Kim Dae-jung’s Sunshine Policy was a bold experiment that sought to achieve unification by decreasing inter-Korean tensions and establishing a cooperative framework of engagement. To accomplish this, the policy promoted the restoration of road and rail links and economic assistance projects that included aid and inter-Korean business ventures in [...]

How North Korea Evades Financial Sanctions

How North Korea Evades Financial Sanctions

In response to North Korea’s third nuclear test in February 2013, the UN Security Council voted to tighten financial sanctions on North Korea to “prevent the provision of financial services” that could “contribute” to the North’s missile and nuclear programs. US financial sanctions dating back to September 2005 are more comprehensive [...]

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