The North Korean Ambassador Who Defected

From Jay Nordlinger’s introduction: “Three years ago, Thae Yong-ho defected to South Korea. At the time, he was North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom. He is one of the highest-ranking North Koreans ever to defect. To defect from North Korea is no light thing, to put it as mildly as possible.

“I spoke to Thae Yong-ho at the Oslo Freedom Forum, the annual human-rights gathering held in the Norwegian capital. The circumstances were not ideal. When we began, there was a great din around us. You will have to listen closely. Eventually, the din subsides, but you may still have to listen closely. Given the unusual nature of our guest, and what he has to say from his life experience, I thought it was worth airing the conversation, even with the difficulties.”

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There are 3 comments.

  1. Member

    Thanks. Fascinating. It’s difficult for me to believe that President Trump thinks anything positive about North Korea. Even if he were such a fool he has one of the best cabinets any of our leaders have had. None of them speak the truth to him? However, I don’t know if he’s playing a short term or long term game, i.e. stop nuclear tests so he doesn’t have to do anything, which also makes relations with China easier, or foster opportunities to erode total control of the system. I’m not sure it matters as our influence is going to be very limited no matter what our goal. However, playing the same failure games as previous US leadership would do nothing positive so trying to treat Kim Jong-Un as he does strikes me as positive and relatively cost free. The difference between short and long term aren’t significant. He’s on record to wipe them out if they return to previous policies and that poses a huge threat to South Korea.

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    • May 30, 2019, at 4:43 AM PDT
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  2. Listener

    Ironically, I could hear this podcast much better than the previous one…

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    • May 31, 2019, at 3:48 AM PDT
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  3. Reagan

    Daniel Sterman (View Comment):

    Ironically, I could hear this podcast much better than the previous one…

    I agree.

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    • June 1, 2019, at 7:47 PM PDT
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