The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has a reputation as one of the worst human rights situations in the world. This book utilizes a unique international law perspective to examine the actions and inactions of North Korea with regard to international security and human rights.

Adopting political, military, historical and legal perspectives, the book explores how the two issues of nuclear weapons and the human rights abuses in North Korea are interconnected, and why the international community should apply the same international law framework to find a solution for both. Drawing on eyewitness accounts, such as refugee and defector testimony, Morse Tan offers a real-life story of North Korea that covers the pertinent law, and constructive approaches of its regime. Tan examines the specific objectives and actions of the North Korean government, and measures these according to international legal obligations such as applicable treaty law, jus cogens norms, and customary international law.

The book concludes by offering solutions for dealing with international security surrounding the Korean Peninsula, and forwards a proposal for the creation of a tribunal to prosecute those at the top of the regime for international crimes and human rights abuses.

As a project exploring the extremes of international law violation, this book will be of great interest and use to readers interested in the history, and political and legal implications of the strategies employed by the North Korea government.

chapter |7 pages


part 1|89 pages

The story of a criminal regime

chapter 1|15 pages

War, incursions, and provocations*

chapter 2|11 pages

Multiple menaces, including cyber-nuclear*

chapter 3|17 pages

Hell's doorstep*

chapter 4|12 pages

The perils and hardships of refugees*

chapter 5|13 pages

Jerusalem of the East no more*

chapter 6|11 pages

The China–North Korea connection*

chapter 7|8 pages

Iron fists in a fog*

part 2|75 pages

Dissecting the crimes

chapter 8|24 pages

The war that has not ended *

chapter 9|12 pages

Nuclear defiance *

chapter 10|11 pages

Prosecuting Hell's doorstep *

chapter 11|17 pages

The plight of those in flight *

chapter 12|7 pages

Provisions for religious liberty *

part 3|92 pages

Constructive approaches and solutions

chapter 13|32 pages

Judicial justice *

chapter 14|16 pages

Diplomacy with a criminal regime *

chapter 15|18 pages

China's potential to solve the puzzle *

chapter 16|7 pages

U.S. and U.N. remedial actions *

chapter 19|2 pages


Hope for the people of North Korea and the world!