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Professor Lee Comments on Remarks by North Korean Vice Foreign Minister

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Sung-Yoon Lee is the Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professor in Korean Studies and Assistant Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

N. Korea Tells U.N. ‘Hostile’ U.S. Policy Increased Tensions with South

North Korea in a Tuesday speech at the United Nations blamed “hostile” U.S. policies for this past spring’s heightened Korean Peninsula tensions.

…Sung-yoon Lee, an assistant professor of Korean Studies at Tufts University, said Pyongyang uses the same rhetoric in its yearly U.N. speeches for both domestic propaganda purposes and in an attempt to gain sympathy from certain U.N. members states, who themselves perceive unwarranted aggressiveness in U.S. foreign-policy actions.

“It’s in North Korea’s interests to repeat itself, blame the U.S. for a lot of things,” Lee said. “It’s not completely an exercise in futility because a lot of these [U.N. member states] would nod in agreement.”

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