How Did North Korea Become a Nuclear Weapons Power? A CSUF Professor Offers Some Context


While many wonder what North Korea is going to do with its nuclear power, Kristine Dennehy, chair and professor of history, explains how the country’s complex history has led North Korea to its current place in the world.

North Korea’s rise to legitimacy started with Kim Il Sung, who resisted the Japanese by aligning with Chinese communists. Kim championed an ideology of self-reliance called juche. This term became the start of North Korea’s independence. As years went by, people from South Korea who had lived in Japan resettled in North Korea for its communal philosophy. The Japanese currency brought to North Korea by these settlers is a big reason why the nation can afford its nuclear program. Continue reading in the Orange County Register.

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