Joint Projects Allow a Peek Into an Impoverished System

Science  10 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5434, pp. 1657-1658
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5434.1657

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA-- The end of the Cold War snapped years of active ties between North Korea and East Bloc countries and triggered a decade-long recession that has been worsened by a 3-year-old famine. While defense research is well funded, the rest of the scientific community goes without equipment and basic necessities. Now a new wave of collaborations could give North Korean scientists a chance to end their historic isolation and to bolster a civilian research sector long starved for resources.