April 09, 2020

North Korea’s unlikely alliance with German environmentalists
How 1980s-era North turned development shortfalls into a selling point for European visitors
Travelers to North Korea routinely praise the clean streets of Pyongyang and the lack of pollution compared to its neighbor, China. While North Korea today suffers from its own environmental issues, Kim Il Sung once tried to capitalize on the DPRK’s apparent status as an untapped green space that had not been tainted by capitalist-fueled pollution. This soft power tactic used by the North Korean