September 30, 2023

Ex-Mongolian leader says he asked to see North Korean prison camps during visit

Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj confirms he didn’t meet Kim Jong Un in 2013, stresses need to call DPRK’s ‘bluff’ on human rights

Former Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj requested to inspect North Korea’s infamous prison camps and nuclear facilities ahead of his high-profile trip to Pyongyang while in office, a visit originally scheduled to include a meeting with leader Kim Jong Un, he told NK News this week.

Elbegdorj was the first foreign head of state to visit the DPRK under Kim’s rule in Oct. 2013 but notably did not end up meeting the newly anointed North Korean leader.