This paper examines the determinants of North Korea’s foreign policymaking to show why denuclearization efforts continue to fail to curb, let alone end, its nuclear weapons program. Two determinants, namely South Korea’s existential threat and North Korea’s juche ideology, are explored to conclude that “nuclear North Korea” is a natural and non-negotiable manifestation of its foreign policymaking.
North Korea’s Foreign Policymaking and Nuclear Weapons
Jae-Cheon Lim is an Associate Professor in the Department of North Korean Studies at Korea University Sejong Campus. He is the author of Leader Symbols and Personality Cult in North Korea: The Leader State (Routledge, 2015) and Kim Jong Il’s Leadership of North Korea (Routledge, 2009). Email: <email@example.com>.
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Pyungse Cho, Jae-Cheon Lim; North Korea’s Foreign Policymaking and Nuclear Weapons. Asian Survey 1 April 2018; 58 (2): 320–340. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2018.58.2.320
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