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Dreaming of Tomorrow’s Reunited Korean Peninsula

Professor Yoon Mook Lim Yonsei School of Civil and Environmental Engineering In the midst of preparations for reunification, North Korea’s infrastructure is an essential factor. Costs on infrastructure after reunification is expected to cover 40% of the total reunification cost, and this means that a reduction of 10% on this sector may ease 4% of the total cost. Although the level of infrastructure between the two Koreas did not show great discrepancy during the 1950s, the current conditions of other regions in North Korea are extremely vulnerable. Infrastructure refers to “everything used by the public” including airports, ports, railroads, transportation systems, electricity, and so on. Ac

Living Up to its own Hype: The Re-invention of the NIS

Dr Seung-chan Boo Researcher, Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies The NIS ‘the nation’s top intelligence agency’ is granted the mission of promoting the nation and protecting national security information. The NIS will never be a group of amateurs but of professionals.’ However, is the NIS truly professional? On the 13th of May this past spring, the Intelligence Committee of the National Assembly held a meeting. The NIS shared, without verification, information about the possible death (by shooting) of the North Korean Defense Minister Hyon Yong-chol. If the NIS is professional, it would not have provided this information to the general public guiding them to think a certain way but r

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