YEAR-END REVIEW : NORTH KOREA IN 2009
EFFORTS TO PREPARE FOR POST-KIM JONG-IL ERA 2
N. Korea has exerted itself in stabilizing its ruling system
and removing potential political uncertainties amid reports
of Kim Jong-il’s failing health.
SWINGING BETWEEN HARD-LINE & CONCILIATORY GESTURES
North Korea has alternated between conciliatory and belligerent
tones in an attempt to lure the U.S. to the negotiating table
for its regime survival.
FUTURE OF SIX-PARTY TALKS: KEY ISSUES & PROSPECTS
Now is the time for Kim Jong-il to make a bold decision for
peace, mutual benefits and co-prosperity by participating
in the six-party talks.
CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW IN 2009 16
INTERVIEW with U.S. President Barack Obama
Obama Reconfirms Seoul-Washington Cooperation on N.K. Nuke
A ROUGH ROAD AHEAD FOR BILATERAL TALKS 24
N. Korea and the U.S. have agreed to hold one-on-one talks
in Pyongyang within the year, but many knotty issues still
stand on the path.
CONTRIBUTION By Andrei Lankov, Ph.D.
CHANGES IN VIEW OF OUTSIDE WORLD BY NORTH KOREANS 28
The spread of illegal mobile phones has played a major role
in changing the North Korean mindset concerning outside world.
Koreas Clash in Yellow Sea, Raise Tension ahead of Obama Trip
Analysts say the clash is unlikely to have a long-lasting
influence on inter-Korean ties or the brewing mood for direct
talks between N.K. and U.S.
INTERNAL AFFAIRS 34
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS 39
INTER-KOREAN RELATIONS 44
STUDIES By Kim Joong-ho, Ph.D.
A PROSPECT FOR N.K.-U.S. NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS
AND BILATERAL RELATIONS: IMPLICATIONS FOR N.K. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
FOREIGN TIPS 58
PEOPLE & CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW 60