Editor's Note

During the 6th Enlarged Plenary Session of the 8th WPK Central Committee, Chairman Kim Jong Un declared that the international relations structure had shifted to a new Cold War system. However, while North Korea openly supports Russia, China has not taken a clear stance on the war in Ukraine. Instead, China has proposed mediation, revealing subtle differences in their positions. EAI has published a series of commentaries comprehensively analyzing the positions of the United States, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea regarding the new Cold War narrative promoted by North Korea. Recognizing the complex and divergent strategic calculations underlying the seemingly close relationship between North Korea, China, and Russia, six experts examine the perceptions of neighboring countries concerning North Korea's narrative and present their outlook on the direction of the international order surrounding the Korean Peninsula that will unfold in the future.

Part 1. Won Gon Park: North Korea’s Outlook on the New Cold War [Read Commentary]


ㆍ Part 2. Dong Ryul Lee: China’s Stance on North Korea’s “New Cold War” Narrative [Read Commentary]


Part 3. Hyun-wook Kim: U.S. Stance on North Korea’s “New Cold War” Narrative [Read Commentary]


Part 4. Seho Jang: Russia’s Stance on the North Korean Narrative of a New Cold War [Read Commentary]


Part 5. Seunghee Oh: Japan’s Stance on North Korea’s “New Cold War” Narrative: Strengthening Japan’s Defense and Global Normative Power [Read Commentary]


Part 6. Jihwan Hwang: Pyongyang in Search of a New Cold War Strategy [Read Commentary]