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Non-Traditional Security Issues in North Korea$
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Kyung-Ae Park

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837396

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837396.001.0001

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North Korea’s Energy Security

North Korea’s Energy Security

Challenges and Assistance Approaches

(p.23) Chapter 2 North Korea’s Energy Security
Non-Traditional Security Issues in North Korea

David Von Hippel

Peter Hayes

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides a summary of the “energy insecurity” predicament of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Lack of fuels in many sectors of the DPRK economy has caused demand for energy services to go unmet. When and if supply constraints are removed, there is likely to be a surge in energy (particularly electricity) use, as residents, industries, and other consumers of fuels increase their use of energy services toward desired levels, though the magnitude of such a surge will depend on the DPRK’s developing the economy to pay for fuel supplies. Analysis of the current status of the DPRK electricity sector suggests that the thermal power generation system in the DPRK has been eroding significantly.

Keywords:   Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK, energy insecurity, electricity, DPRK electricity sector, power generation system

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