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Your DPRK must-read of the day


Sam Roggeveen


13 April 2010 09:37

It's a truly eye-opening interview with Brian Reynolds Myers, professor of international studies at Dongseo University in Busan, South Korea and author of The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why it Matters. A few extracts:

"Juche Thought is a jumble of humanist cliches like 'Man is the master of all things.' This fake doctrine has absolutely no bearing on North Korean policymaking. While people are wasting their time trying to make sense of Juche Thought, the regime is propagating this race-based nationalism. Another problem we have in the United States, a little bit, is political correctness, inasmuch as we are uncomfortable attributing racist views to non-white people."

"Even the North Koreans who escape from the country — and they are very small in number, those who choose to stay outside North Korea — still subscribe broadly to this racially-based way of looking at the world. They are still fans of Kim Il Sung, even if they think that Kim Jong Il is a bad man. It's extraordinary, really, that you don't have intellectual opposition to the regime in North Korea. We have very few refugees from North Korea who can be described as being political dissidents."

"That's always been problem number one for North Korea: how do you justify your existence as a separate Korean state when the state next door is thriving economically? I really don't believe that the North Korean regime will ever feel completely secure until it has eliminated South Korea as a competitor."