North Korea makes a great topic for storytelling

A March 7, 2017 Brookings Institution article, which originally appeared in the Nikkei Asian Review, addresses the current situation in North Korea; the opening paragraphs read:

Amid the sound and fury of President Donald Trump’s first weeks in office, the new U.S. administration has been widely castigated for policy dysfunction, an insurgent view of international alliances and trade, and worrying signals about its approach to core democratic institutions.

Numerous commentators argue that the president is leading by instinct and tweet, rather than through a deliberate policy process drawing upon talented and experienced senior officials and the professional bureaucracies that exist to support them. The growing war of words between the White House and the U.S. intelligence community looms as another major worry.

However, a very different dynamic has emerged on North Korea policy, arguably the most urgent national security challenge the administration confronts. This is something of a surprise.


The prospect of nuclear war is of concern for many people.

For your interest, some previous posts addressing North Korea and related topics include:

How writer Suki Kim embedded herself among North Korea’s elite – Dec. 18, 2014 CBC The Current

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression (1999)

The Accusation (2017)

Another valuable resource, with regard to North Korea, is entitled: The Accusation (2017).

A blurb reads:

The Accusation by anonymous North Korean writer Bandi is the first piece of fiction to come out of North Korea. The Accusation is a heartbreaking portrayal of the realities of life in North Korea. It is also a reminder that humanity can sustain hope even in the most desperate of circumstances – and that the courage of free thought has a power far beyond those who seek to suppress it.”


An April 7, 2017 Atlantic article is entitled: “What Are America’s Options on North Korea?: At this point, there are only two ways to reverse its nuclear program, one expert says.”


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