May 1, 2020


In this paper, Dr. Cho explains how the COVID-19 is likely to impact North Korea’s domestic politics and foreign policy behavior by examining the official statements, and foreign policies of North Korea observed in 2020.

“I argue that there is a higher likelihood of the coronavirus outbreak in North Korea than otherwise. The epidemic does not seem to pose an immediate threat to Kim Jong-un in the short term. Still, he is most likely to be concerned about the outbreak’s secondary effects on the economy and regime legitimacy in the medium term.”

Published: May 1, 2020

Volume: 21 - 2020

Author: Sungmin Cho

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