North Korea's energy conundrum: Is natural gas the remedy?

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This article examines North Korea's current energy security situation and suggests several possible energy options for the country to overcome its energy shortage crisis. The study investigates the serious problems of North Korea's heavily Chinadependent energy structure, and ultimately proposes ensuring North Korea's energy security by promoting various natural gas aid programs over the longer term.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1037-1062
Number of pages26
JournalAsian Survey
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2013


  • China
  • Energy security
  • Natural gas
  • North Korea
  • Shale gas


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