Academic journal article North Korean Review

Founding Editor's Comments

Academic journal article North Korean Review

Founding Editor's Comments

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"Given their gravity and urgency, it is critically important for the United States to address all issues related to North Korea. The U.S. was responsible for the division of Korea in 1948 and the establishment of South Korean sovereignty, and it is a least partially responsible for developments in the Korean peninsula for years to come. The U.S.-North Korean relationship is the most significant external factor affecting the political and economic conditions of North Korea. Many observers believe this relationship is also an important factor in the development of near future political and economic conditions in the United States."

It does not seem like very long ago that I wrote those words in my editorial comments of the inaugural issue of North Korean Review but in fact a decade has passed. During that time many things have changed and many things remain the same. North Korea is still working on perfecting its nuclear capability, there are still many sanctions on Pyongyang, and there is still only limited dialogue between the regime in the North and the outside world. Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un has replaced his late father Kim Jong Il, many longstanding, senior officials have been purged, marketization of the economy is underway in start-stop fashion, there have been some agricultural reforms, and there is a budding tourism industry. …

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