With a new leader installed in Kim Jong-un and fresh negotiations underway with the United States, some think that North Korea may finally be coming in from the cold of international estrangement. To test this theory, Inside the Issues talks to Seung Hyok Lee, adjunct assistant professor at Renison University College and South Korean national. He says that the North is likely to remain isolated if the Kim dynasty has its way; a China-like opening to foreign investment is considered too risky, despite the relative economic underdevelopment of the country. Seung goes on to explain that, although multilateral talks are more desirable from a governance standpoint, direct negotiations between North Korea and the US are most likely to bear substantial fruit.

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