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North Korea's revolutionary unification policy

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  • North Korea's revolutionary unification policy
  • Lee, Sung-Yoon
  • International Council on Korean Studies


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Title North Korea's revolutionary unification policy
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Lee, Sung-Yoon

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[Washington, DC]:International Council on Korean Studies

Date 2014
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Korean Studies:vol. 19(no. 2)
Pages 17
Subject Country North Korea(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < National security
Holding International Council on Korean Studies

Abstract

Some scholars consider that North Korea’s provocative actions are responsive to the activities of its adversaries, namely South Korea and the United States. This article counters that line of thinking, arguing that North Korea acts in a more purposeful manor to achieve its short- and long-term objectives, the most important of which is its aim of revolutionary unification. In order to achieve this, North Korea employs a pattern of following hostile provocations with peaceful offensives, using its own version of carrots and sticks to garner concessions from its adversaries. North Korea also exhibits a long history of engaging in strategic deception that if better understood can help interpret the North’s actions and intentions going forward.