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Negotiating with South Korea and the U.S. : North Korea’s strategy and objectives

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  • Negotiating with South Korea and the U.S.
  • Cheon, Seongwhun
  • International Council on Korean Studies


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Title Negotiating with South Korea and the U.S.
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North Korea’s strategy and objectives

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Author(English)

Cheon, Seongwhun

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[Washington, D.C.]:International Council on Korean Studies

Date 2012
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Korean Studies:vol. 16(no. 1)
Pages 16
Subject Country United States(Americas)
North Korea(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < National security
Government and Law < International Politics
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North Korea has held a representative negotiating strategy. It is basically a double-strategy whose rhetoric masks its true intentions. Under this strategy, North Korea is good at launching a charm offensive in public, and, at the same time, buying time and preparing for a war or military provocation. In the North-South Korean relations context, this double strategy can be named the digging tunnel strategy. While shaking hands with South Korea and agreeing on historically important principles for peaceful unification in the early 1970s, the North Korean leadership ordered its military to dig up an invasion route and open a secret attack corridor. For the last twenty years of nuclear negotiations, North Korea has been persistent and consistent in applying its digging tunnel strategy whenever and wherever possible. As a result, all major nuclear agreements signed in this period have been betrayed by North Korea. (The rest omitted)