NKIDP Coordinator James Person Interviewed by Voice of America

Sep 30, 2009

NKIDP Coordinator James Person was interviewed by Voice of America on the recent completion of the DPRK's "150-day battle," which Pyongyang hailed as a major success.

Person drew a parallel between the "150-day battle," a campaign designed to spur the North Korean people to work harder, and the Chollima Movement of the late 1950s, noting that what constitutes a success in North Korea is rather subjective. Person further explained that due to the absence of verifiable hard economic data from Pyongyang, it will be difficult determine if the campaign had any lasting effects. As was the case with the Chollima Movement, short-term successes were quickly overshadowed by unequal development and failed to translate into long-term gains.

Visit the Voice of America website for the complete interview.

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  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant