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North Korea (2016)

North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang is both the nation's capital as well as its largest city. To the north and northwest the country is bordered by China and by Russia along the Amnok and Tumen rivers.

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About the North Korea Interview

My name is Park Il Hwan and I am a North Korean defector who is working on the activist movement for "information dissemination." I settled in South Korea in 2001 and I majored in law at Korea University. My father gave me a dream. This was a difficult dream to bear while under the North Korean regime. He said, "If you leave this wretched country of the Kims and go find your grandfather in the U.S., he'll at least educate you." "The dream of studying with blue-eyed friends" was a thought that always made me happy. Enmeshed in this dream, I escaped North Korea all alone without a single relative. This was something my dad had said to my 15-year-old self after having a drink, but this seed of a "dream" became embedded deeply in my mind, and as the years went by, it grew so strongly that I couldn't help but bring it to action. I thought carefully about why I wanted this so desperately to risk my life. The words of my father that "changed my consciousness" was "information about the outside world." The genuine solution to the North Korean issue is the "change of consciousness" of the North Korean people. To resolve the issue of North Korean nuclear weapons, there may be different opinions between the Democrat and Republican parties, but despite the change in administration, "information dissemination" in North Korea is a movement that must continuously go on. When looking at issues of Muslim refugees or ISIS that show the appearances of clash of civilizations, the above can be said with even more conviction. In the end, even if a totalitarian regime is removed, if there is no "change in consciousness" of the people as a foundation, diplomatic approaches or military methods to remove a regime are not solutions for the root issue. The change that I experienced through the "information dissemination" that we do to send in USBs or SD cards to North Korea, thus the "change of consciousness" among the North Korean people, must be established first as a foundation. Please refer to the link below to find out more details about our "information dissemination" work. On Wednesday, December 7th from 10AM - 11AM KST (Tuesday, December 6th 8PM - 9PM EST), I'll be answering your questions. Thank you.

Proof: https://www.facebook.com/nksc.us/photos/a.758548950939016.1073741829.746099332183978/1049543981839510/?type=3&theater

North Korea Dec 07, 2016