When Britain's minister challenged his North Korean counterparts, they laughed off terrible torture allegations, but they did concede that forced labour is an integral part of what they call "rehabilitation".
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Behind the Iron Curtain
A rare look into North Korean life was recently revealed by a BBC correspondent during British Foreign Minister's historic visit behind the DMZ. He describes a nation under communist rule, with a lifestyle so foreign and so forgotten by the rest of the world it probably belongs in a museum. People there are clearly suffering; with all the strides the government made to put up a facade of prosperity it was all to evident that there has been little change in the standard of living since the fall of the Soviet Union. The ease with which North Korea's leaders chuckle at reports of human labour camps is perhaps what is most disheartening.
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