Thomas Schäfer was German ambassador to North Korea from 2007 to 2010 and again from 2013 to 2018. He has just published the book “From Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un: How the Hardliners Prevailed. On the Political History of North Korea (2007-2020).”
A trilateral offer would show the allies' will for diplomacy and mark a departure from previous US policy
The evidence suggests he does not rule alone
Ambassador Thomas Schäfer recalls what he learned from his firsthand experiences in the DPRK
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