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Thursday, June 20, 2019, 11:00 - 12:00


"An Insider's View of North Korean Diplomacy"

Thae Yong Ho, Former North Korean Deputy Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English.

Thae Yong Ho has first hand experience of how North Korean diplomacy works -- he was a diplomat for the isolated country who held posts in Denmark, Sweden and the U.K. before escaping to South Korea in 2016 with his family.

Denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang remain at a standstill after the collapse of the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi earlier this year. Based on his direct knowledge of how the regime operates, Thae will speak at the FCCJ about how he sees the nuclear issue playing out, and discuss the recent push by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for direct talks with Kim.

He has regularly said that Kim has no intention of giving up his nuclear arsenal as it gives him both leverage overseas and boosts his authority at home. In a 2017 interview with the BBC, he said that a people's uprising would ultimately bring about the collapse of the Kim dynasty.

Thae's memoir of his life as a North Korean diplomat, translated from Korean as "Password From the Third-Floor," was a best seller in South Korea, selling more than 160,000 copies. It was published in Japanese last week by Bungei Shunju. In the book, he revealed the secrets of North Korea diplomacy and shed new light on the Kim family.

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*Due to space restrictions, please note there will be a limited number of reservations to attend. FCCJ members, including TV cameras, will have priority for the reservation and seating/setting positions and one TV camera for affiliate networks.会場の都合上、参加人数には上限がございます。ご予約と当日のお席/TVカメラのセッティングポジションにつきましてもFCCJの会員が優先されること、テレビは系列1社1台となりますので、ご了承ください。

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