Billions in the Ground: The Race to Harvest North Korea’s Rare Earth Reserves

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Recent studies suggest that North Korea could have the world’s largest rare earth elements.

  • Patricia Schouker
  • The National Interest

When looking at contemporary geopolitics, often energy and related resource questions are  key in the struggle for influence amongst world powers, as energy can drive or amplify underlying tensions.

Today, the attractiveness of traditional oil exploration loses ground with the emergence of new energies and technologies, often produced by “Rare Earths” and the elements they contain.

The DPRK could have a high concentration of rare earth elements, but given that it is a reclusive country, it has not yet exploited these resources, which could upset the…

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