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North Korea’s nuclear test

Radchenko, Sergey (2009) North Korea’s nuclear test. IDEAS reports - situation analysis, Kitchen, Nicholas (ed.) (SA001). LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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North Korea’s nuclear test serves several purposes. Its first purpose is to bolster the flagging legitimacy of the regime and, by drumming up war hysteria, achieve domestic mobilization in the face of mounting internal difficulties. Throughout North Korea’s turbulent history, the regime has periodically resorted to war hysteria, at times on even grander scale than what we have recently seen. North Korea’s Songun (army-first) policy requires periodic crises to maintain the myth of enemy encirclement and the army prestige. If history is any judge, the North Koreans will step away from the brink when their domestic aims have been achieved.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2009 The Author
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International History
Research centres and groups > LSE IDEAS
Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 09:01
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:16

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