Fyodor Tertitskiy is a leading researcher at Seoul’s Kookmin University. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Seoul National University, and is author of “North Korea before Kim Il Sung,” which you can buy here.
The machinations of Cold War ideology drove Pyongyang into the isolation that continues today
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The Sejong Institute's Cheong Seong-chang cautions against expecting too much from Singapore meeting
Demotions and promotions of top brass are not new - but the timing and the scale are notable
While on paper they are independent, trials in the DPRK rarely stray from the ruling party's interests
A critical statement by the Vice-Foreign Minister carries weight, but suggests there is still room to maneuver
History shows that any new deal would be tough to negotiate and nearly impossible to maintain
While it appears more likely than not that the Kim-Trump will go ahead, the DPRK is making clear negotiations won't be easy
The month saw diplomatic niceties continue and a rare policy shift from the ruling party
An unprecedented second meeting saw the DPRK leader seek to shore up Beijing's support
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