May 21, 2022

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Goodbye, Gorby: How North Korea saw the final days of the Soviet Union

Pyongyang saw the fall of its longstanding backer with understandable trepidation

In December 1991, the Cold War ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union. This was an event the whole world was waiting for, yet while Moscow felt torn, and the West rejoiced, there was one country where the USSR’s collapse provoked nothing but fear.

I am, of course, talking about North Korea, where they not unreasonably feared they might soon share a similar fate.