December 06, 2023

B.R. Myers: Idea that Juche guides N. Korea policy “a myth”

Myers argues that texts of Juche ideology are deliberately obtuse and vague

B.R. Myers, Associate Professor of International Studies at Dongseo University, has criticized the emphasis some North Korea watchers place on the study of Juche (주체), arguing that the notion it guides policy in North Korea is nothing more than "a myth."

In an exclusive interview with NK News, Myers strongly criticized the "orthodoxy" in North Korea studies of the "Juche myth", which he describes as "the notion that North Korea is guided in its policy making by Kim Il Sung's Juche ideology".