Despite recents attempts at 'negotiation', the attitudes of both Kim Jong-un's regime and the West seem unchanged. North Korea is still shrouded in mystery, and there are no clear plans for the future... Can we trust either side to bring about peace? And if so, how?
This provocative insider's account blasts apart the myths which paint North Korea as a rogue state run by a mad leader. Informed by extraordinary access to the country's leadership, Glyn Ford investigates the regime from the inside, providing game-changing insights, which Trump and his administration have failed to do. Acknowledging that North Korea is a deeply flawed and repressive state, he nonetheless shows that sections of the leadership are desperate to modernise and end their isolation.
With chapters on recent developments including the Trump / Kim summit, Ford supports a dialogue between East and West, whilst also criticising Trump's facile attempts. Talking to North Korea provides a road map for averting the looming threat of a war in North East Asia that would threaten the lives of millions.
Glyn Ford is Director of Track2Asia, a representative on Labour's National Policy Forum and a member of the Labour Party's International Committee. He is the author of Talking to North Korea (Pluto, 2018) and North Korea on the Brink (Pluto, 2007). He has visited North Korea almost 50 times as an MEP amongst other professional capacities.
1. Introduction: The Pyongyang Paradox Part I: Roots of the Present Crisis: Understanding North Korea's History 2. Drawing the Iron Curtain 3. Kim's Korea 4. Famine, Markets, Refugees and Human Rights Part II: Kim Jong Un: Continuity and Change 5. Economic Development, Nuclear Deterrent 6. Daily Life in North Korea Part III: The Diplomatic Stage 7. The Nuclear Factor 8. Foreign Affairs between Rapprochement and Standoff Conclusion: After the Singapore Summit Notes Index