August 29, 2012

North Korea's $6 Trillion Question

Scott Bruce, The Diplomat

AP Photo

Rare earth metals can be a game changing bonanza for North Korea, but, without reform, their claim is likely to pinch out. In the end, the North Korean government must determine if the minerals will be a lever to shift political relations in the region, or if it will continue to sell its most valuable asset at a discount.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Rare Earths, North Korea

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

August 23, 2012
Are Rare Earths North Korea's New Trump Card?
East Asia Forum
Paradoxically, the promise of Kim Jong-il might soon come true and North Korea may become a ‘rich and powerful state’ — rich in natural resources and empowered by nuclear technologies. Might North Korea not need... more ››
August 27, 2012
If You Were Kim Jong-un...
U.S.-Korea Institute
What would YOU do if after attending a privileged boarding school and a few years of university abroad your destiny suddenly catapulted you into a position of highest authority and responsibility for a troubled and impoverished... more ››
August 28, 2012
North Korea on the Nile
David Goldman, Asia Times
Reports that Egypt's oil suppliers are cutting shipments to the nearly-bankrupt nation coincide with a dramatic diplomatic shift towards ... more ››
August 18, 2012
The Man Trying to Change North Korea
Ahn Hee-chang, JoongAng Daily
When Jang visited South Korea in October 2002 as a member of the economic survey team, a South Korean official remembered him for having deep insight into how to rebuild the North Korean economy. Jang’s dream could be... more ››