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When then-deputy DPRK ambassador to Britain Thae Yong-ho arrived in South Korea in 2016, he was one of the highest-ranking North Korean officials to ever defect.
In this very special episode, we talk with Thae about life as a North Korean diplomat, how the country operates, denuclearization, and his views on this year’s détente between Pyongyang and Washington DC.
He also shared his views on the importance of information dissemination into the North, prospects for Vietnam-style economic reforms, and why Kim Jong Un isn’t interested in unification.
Thae Yong-ho is a former North Korean diplomat. His new book, “Cypher of the third-floor secretariat,” was released in May and can be purchased here.
About the podcast: The “North Korea News Podcast” is a weekly podcast hosted exclusively by NK News, covering all things DPRK: from news to extended interview with leading experts and analysts in the field and insight from our very own journalists.
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