Daily Memo: North Korea’s Economy, Iran’s Domestic Unrest, Syria’s Future

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GPF Staff |October 15, 2018

The future of North Korea’s economy. Often lost in the coverage of the denuclearization talks is the potential windfall they may portend. Kim Jong Un has fashioned himself as a champion of the North Korean economy, and as negotiations drag on, we are starting to see how he sees its future. To that end, the government in Pyongyang recently teased its vision by launching a website meant to spur economic growth by facilitating external trade and investment. The site includes information on trade policy, trade law, a list of North Korean trading firms, 14 distinct investment targets, economic development zones and goods for export. The problem is that the economy is still in disrepair, and it may not be able to withstand continued sanctions, according to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is lobbying Europe for sanctions relief. This, of course, is something much of the rest of the world opposes. Japan and New Zealand just reaffirmed their commitment to maritime patrols meant to sto

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