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North Korea's Perception Toward U.S. Through Rodong-Sinmun: Focusing on the Process of Denuclearization Negotiation

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2019, 34(2), pp.107-136
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2019.34.2.004
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation
  • Received : November 14, 2019
  • Accepted : December 30, 2019
  • Published : December 31, 2019

Park, Hyong Joon 1

1조선대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

North Korea's perception of the United States is represented by negative images such as distrust, hostility, and slander. For more than 70 years, North Korea and the United States have faced hostile relations and mutual distrust through military conflicts in the DMZ, mass production of hostility consciousness through various symbolic manipulations and demonization, and the failed nuclear negotiations since the Korean war. The recent North Korea-U.S summit also showed that they do not trust each other's words and actions due to the ‘learning effects' derived from their past experiences. Most of the previous researches tend to have limitations in grouping the North Korea’s perceptions of U.S such as hostility, distrust, slander, and hate into a unified analytical frame. The purpose of this study is to examine empirically and concretely North Korea's perceptions of U.S, which is an obstacle in the denuclearization negotiation process between North Korea and U.S.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.