North Korea: State of Paranoia by Paul French

Reviewed by
October 2014, no. 365
Nuclear weapons as parley

North Korea: State of Paranoia

by Paul French

ZED Books, $26.95 pb, 478 pp, 9781780329475

North Korea: State of Paranoia by Paul French

Reviewed by
October 2014, no. 365

North Korea always gets media attention for negative reasons: a border skirmish with its southern neighbour; a missile trial launch or nuclear test; vitriolic propaganda attacks on South Korea, Japan, or the United States; or the appalling findings of some human rights group like Michael Kirby’s recent UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea’s human rights abuses. The picture that emerges is one of unrelenting misery within North Korea and unreasoned aggressiveness towards its enemies – a dangerous and unpredictable country which, if it cannot be reformed, is best either shunned or guarded against.

Nuclear weapons as parley

North Korea: State of Paranoia

by Paul French

ZED Books, $26.95 pb, 478 pp, 9781780329475

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