Study Guide

Pyongyang Warfare

By Guy Delisle


The North Korea of Pyongyang is a nation defined by war, but there comes a point where you have to get over it and move on. However, North Korea is the type to hold a grudge. And we don’t mean a freaky Japanese girl in a bathtub; we’re talking about something legitimately scary.

Not dealing with your past leads to problems in the present. This is true with people, and it’s true with countries. If North Korea doesn’t deal with the war in its past, it might lead to war in the future. No wonder we’re concerned about their missiles.

Questions About Warfare

  1. How has North Korea rationalized its role in the Korean War with the United States?
  2. How has the Korean War affected North Korea?
  3. Why might North Korea go to war in the future? What will it want to accomplish?

Chew on This

Diplomacy is not North Korea’s strong suit. (See: “Communication Problems.”) As a result, they might fall back on the ol’ standby: nukes.

North Korea uses the Korean War as propaganda to unite its people against the United States. Being angry at the country you’re trying to work with also adds to communication difficulties.