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Economic Sanctions against North Korea: The Wrong Way to Achieve the Wrong Goal?

Author(s)
Rüdiger Frank
Abstract

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been subject to sanctions nearly continuously since its foundation in 1948. First, it was sanctioned as a part of the Soviet bloc, a situation that was amplified by the Korean War. Later, North Korea suffered from de facto sanctions as a result of its refusal to side with either of the two contenders in the Sino-Soviet struggle for leadership in the socialist camp. Since 1993, and in particular since its first nuclear test in 2006, the country has been sanctioned both by the United Nations and by individual countries such as the United States because of its nuclear weapons program. This essay will focus on events in the last decade and address the following questions: What have been the domestic political and economic impacts of the current sanctions on North Korea? What has the Kim regime done to evade or mitigate their impact? Can sanctions be effective and compelling?

Organisation(s)
Department of East Asian Studies
Journal
Asia Policya peer-reviewed journal devoted to bridging the gap between academic research and policymaking on issues related to the Asia-Pacific / The National Bureau of Asian Research
Volume
13
Pages
5-12
No. of pages
8
ISSN
1559-0968
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1353/asp.2018.0035
Publication date
07-2018
Publication status
Published
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
502027 Political economy, 502003 Foreign trade
Keywords
DPRK, Economic Sanctions, Kim Jong-un
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/economic-sanctions-against-north-korea-the-wrong-way-to-achieve-the-wrong-goal(67055738-ccae-480c-ab9e-01ade5797c91).html