North Korea’s PD: Strategy or Chance?

There has been recent live drills and increased military action executed by the North Korean government. Pyongyang has increased these exercises along the disputed South Korean border throughout the past year. Although ships have sunk and civilians have died, is this military action as large as it seems? International media has created a distinct image of Pyongyang and the fears of its growing numbers of military tests. Due to its isolationist viewpoint in the international community, little is known about North Korea’s public diplomacy strategy. Perhaps these tests are a way to transform North Korea’s perception on the international stage. By appearing to have force and rigid military structure, the country boosts an image of power that it hopes is received by foreign actors. 

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