February 21, 2024

Development in North Korea: Prolonging an Authoritarian Regime?

UN representative says politics and distrust dismantled development initiatives in the DPRK

SEOUL – A change in the political climate in the United States played a role in the breakdown of development projects in the DPRK following the famine of the mid-1990s, a United Nations representative says.

As UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, Christian Lemaire was at the center of the complicated negotiations between the DPRK and major international donors. In the second portion of NK News’ conversation with Lemaire, he talks about how distrust would culminate in the eventual departure from the Agreed Framework by both sides.