Niklas Swanström was interviewed by TT on North Korea currently being very self-assured

June 18, 2024: Niklas Swanström, ISDP’s Executive Director, was interviewed by the Swedish news agency TT on North Korea currently being very self-assured.

Gigantic loudspeakers, K-pop music on USB drives and flyers. Balloons filled with cigarette butts, rubbish and faeces. Niklas Swanström sees a risk that the propaganda war between North and South Korea escalates. North Korea is very self-confident right now, he says.

“North Korea is very self-assured right now. They have good relations with major players Russia and China and can therefore take liberties in a way they couldn’t before”, he says.

“Putin will soon be visiting and North Korea will develop its work with other totalitarian states. This will lead to China expanding its cooperation with North Korea because they are afraid that Russia will take too much space. This in turn will allow North Korea to take even more space.”


Read the interview here (in Swedish) or here (in English).