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Pressure

August 26th, 2003 - 1:19 pm

I love it when a plan comes together. Read this from Kuwait’s Arab Times:

Washington is trying to convince Beijing to set up camps for North Korean refugees and has offered to help finance them in hopes of applying pressure on Pyongyang, an expert on North Korea said Tuesday. Such a move could create an exodus of North Koreans that, as happened in the former East Germany more than a decade ago, could lead to the collapse of the government, activist Norbert Vollertsen told AFP.

Hungary’s decision to open its border with East Germany, following US pressure, led to a flood of refugees that helped bring down the German government. “(US) State Department people told me this,” Vollertsen said of the proposal. Vollertsen, a German doctor, has helped hundreds of North Korean refugees in China seek asylum at foreign embassies and said he has been in contact with ranking US officials.

If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because you read it here almost four weeks ago.

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