In which CanKor editor Erich Weingartner elicits information from Pak Kim Li about the “re-education camps” that DPRK diplomats are required to attend after extended absences from the home country on overseas assignments. (First published in CanKor Report 311, 7 November 2008.)
Erich Heinz Weingartner: I was afraid I had lost you, Mr. Pak. It’s been four or five months since we last spoke.
Pak Kim Li: Yes, well you know my ambassador was recalled from his New York posting.
EHW: Yes, I read that.
PKL: I was actually quite pleased when he asked me to return as well.
EHW: You didn’t enjoy living in the freedom of New York?
PKL: You must be joking. You think it is fun to be restricted in your movements and under 24-hour surveillance in the land of your worst enemy? Read the rest of this entry »