February 01, 2023

Window on the world: How global expos encourage engagement with North Korea

Global expos promote cultural exchange and people-to-people contact, and provide paths to dialogue post-COVID

Expo 2020 opened in Dubai last month after nearly a year of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While North Korea is not one of the countries taking part in the world fair, Pyongyang has not shied away from participating in such events in the past.

The DPRK appears unlikely to make a habit of joining major international events in the near future, despite sending a delegation to the ongoing U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, as it continues to ensconce itself with strict COVID-19 border measures.