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North Korea’s Lesson from Gaddafi

Atsuhito Isozaki

North Korea’s politics under Kim Jong-Un are even more of a black box than the case under his father, Kim Jong Il. However, it seems that North Korea's dependence on nuclear weapons as a deterrent was reinforced by witnessing the Libyan situation. Kim Jong-Un himself has noted that he has learned "a lesson from the Middle Eastern countries" in his development of North Korea’s nuclear program.

North Korea’s politics under Kim Jong-Un are even more of a black box than the case under his father, Kim Jong Il. However, it seems that North Korea's dependence on nuclear weapons as a deterrent was reinforced by witnessing the Libyan situation. Kim Jong-Un himself has noted that he has learned "a lesson from the Middle Eastern countries" in his development of North Korea’s nuclear program.

Wilson Center scholar Atsuhito Isozaki writes more on Sankei.com, to read the full article (in Japanese) please click here.

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Atsuhito Isozaki

Atsuhito Isozaki

Japan Scholar;
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University
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